Lore (2012)

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German title Lore
Original title Lore
Country of production Australia
Great Britain
original language German
Publishing year 2012
length 109 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Cate Shortland
script Cate Shortland
Robin Mukherjee
production Karsten Stöter
Liz Watts
Paul Welsh
Benny Drechsel
music Max Richter
camera Adam Arkapaw
cut Veronika Jenet

Lore is a German-Australian feature film directed by Cate Shortland in 2012 based on Rachel Seiffert's novella The Dark Chamber with Saskia Rosendahl in the title role. The film premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in August 2012. The cinema release in Germany was on November 1, 2012.

Lore was selected for Australia's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Academy Awards , but was not shortlisted.


When in 1945 the end of the war became inevitable, the family of a German Nazi couple experienced great irritations, which we were told from the perspective of the five children. The father has come unexpectedly from the front and is urging to flee from the approaching Americans. In a night-and-fog campaign, the family is taken to a Black Forest mountain hut in a military truck. But the parents don't feel safe here either. The father immediately disappears and the mother also fled to avoid arrest. She leaves the younger children in the care of her 16-year-old oldest daughter Lore (Hannelore). He gave her the order to go with the siblings to the next train station and from there to travel by train via Hamburg to Husum , from where they should cross the mudflats to reach the house of their grandmother who lived there.

But it turns out that there are no more trains, and so the children have to start the approximately 900 km journey on foot. They leave all superfluous luggage behind and make do with begging and exchanging the last valuables for food. Despite the extreme circumstances, the children seem to find their way around quite well after a few days.

On the way, Lore listens again and again to the incredulous discussion about the conditions uncovered by the Allies in the German concentration camps. On photos from a concentration camp posted by the Allies, Lore recognizes her father among the depicted guards. As the story progresses, it becomes increasingly clear to her that he is not - as you have been led to believe - a war hero, but may have committed terrible crimes.

On the way, Lore meets a lonely young man several times who seems to be following her. When the siblings come under American control, the stranger suddenly appears and saves the children from the uncertain situation by posing as their brother Thomas and showing his Jewish papers. Apparently he has just been freed from a concentration camp .

From now on, Thomas accompanies the family. The relationship between him and Lore is tense. Because of her upbringing in Nazi Germany, she has a deep aversion to Jews and would also prefer to continue to be solely responsible for her siblings. But the quiet stranger becomes an indispensable counterpart to her and together with him they gradually take on the roles of mother and father in the social structure of the small family. A complicated love story develops between the two.

There is no intact bridge on a river that they have to cross. Lore meets an old fisherman who has a boat and tries to win him over to help with the translation. But she has no money and has to offer him sexual services in order to achieve her goal. Thomas sneaks up on them and kills the man without further ado. Lore is so shocked by this sudden outbreak of violence that she tries to kill herself immediately after successfully crossing the river. Thomas prevents that. At the border of the zone , one of the two five-year-old twin brothers is shot by Allied soldiers who saw him as an illegal border crosser. Since the group itself is in danger of being tracked down by the soldiers, they have no way of looking after their dying brother. Highly traumatized, they move on.

In the British occupation zone, the train is now running again and Thomas wants to leave the family. Lore can persuade him to stay with her and the others. On the subsequent train journey, soldiers check the passports and Thomas discovers that he has lost his. He has to leave the train in a hurry and there is no time for the young couple to say goodbye. On the crossing over the mudflats , the twin brother, who is still alive, confesses that he stole the papers from Thomas so that he could not leave the children. Lore discovers with him that Thomas had assumed a false identity. In the grandmother's house, the children are safe and looked after. But Lore recognized the horrors of the Third Reich on her journey and cannot accept that the grandmother denies them (“Your parents did nothing bad”). In an act of rebellion, she breaks with her old life at the end of the film.


Lore is a disturbing film that does not gloss over anything, does not whitewash or excuse anyone, but also does not make one-dimensional judgments, but rather asks many questions. The turmoil of the 15-year-olds, her powerlessness, her pain, which she tries to face with absolute severity, as well as her desperate clinging to the values ​​taught to her is played remarkably authentically by the young Halle native Saskia Rosendahl [...]. "

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Individual evidence

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  2. Audience award for "Lore". Süddeutsche Zeitung , accessed on November 27, 2012 .
  3. 71 countries competing for the Oscar 2012. filmfreek, accessed on November 27, 2012 .
  4. DVD released May 31, 2013, Indigo, director's comment on the last scene
  5. LORE . Top video news. Publisher: Children's and Youth Film Center on behalf of the BMFSFJ .
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