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Certainly with the many movies made about the tragedy of the Holocaust–several which have been done brilliantly–it could be easy to steer clear of yet another bleak look at the horror of that time in history. Yet if there was any “little indie movie that could” out there in the cineplex right now, it has to be the gut-wrenching, amazing film “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.” It is getting some buzz– especially from critics in religious circles–and it is even receiving some celebrity endorsements from folks like Amy Grant. So while the movie is in very limited release, I am optimistic that it will slowly begin to play wider in the coming weeks, and I encourage everyone to find it and see it.Just as the Oscar-winning “Life is Beautiful” found a unique, though perhaps improbable, premise to reexamine the Holocaust, so too does “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.” The story is a narrow one, told solely through the eye of one boy, Bruno, who has been forced to leave his upscale life to move with his family to Auschwitz. The boy literally lives on one side of the fence of the prison camp and spends time daily watching the people on the other side of the fence–people who always wear striped pajamas.Bruno’s father works for Hitler and has moved his family to Auschwitz on direct orders, yet he and his wife manage to keep young Bruno from truly understanding anything about his surroundings or what is happening there. One day, however, Bruno befriends a Jewish boy who lives in the camp, and unbeknownst to his parents, a series of events unfold that lead to a devastating conclusion.What gives the film its eerie power is the way the movie paints such a picture of family normalcy against the backdrop of atrocity. Bruno’s family means well. They don’t seem like monsters. But because they think they can be near evil, or even participate in evil to a degree, without being impacted personally, their lives are ruined by the lie. This is the first movie in a liong time that examines the way we justify our actions and the price of innocence lost. Most of all it is a prophetic reminder that sometimes it is too late to decide to do the right thing.Check out the trailer below:

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