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Reviews: Lore (2013)

LoreReviews for this film from our members:

  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretnsion
    • Excerpt: Stories set in and around the second World War tend not to be happy ones. Cate Shortland’s Lore, however, seems to go out of its way to be unpleasant and with not enough justification to back it up.
  • Christopher Bourne @ Asian In NY
    • Excerpt: Lore, arriving eight years after Shortland’s 2004 award-winning debut film “Somersault,” confirms the great talent of this director, and has itself won a slew of awards. Shortland provocatively gives us the reverse angle on the terrible crimes of the Holocaust, from the point of view of those closest to the perpetrators.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A riveting tale of survival about the adolescent daughter of two Nazis in post-World War II Germany.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Shortland is a master of tone here, beginning with a nightmarish, chaotic flight which grows darker during the journey and, perhaps darkest of all, at its final destination.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Stunning, admirable and indelible – truthfully chronicling the triumph of the human spirit and in a class with Michael Heneke’s ‘The White Ribbon.’
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Hints at a new mythology of darkness and light, of scary childhood and even scarier adolescence…
  • Danny King @ The King Bulletin
    • Excerpt: Cate Shortland’s ‘Lore’ is a frustrating film to watch, because Shortland is so clearly a talented filmmaker — vibrantly attuned to the syntax of nature in a way that recalls Andrea Arnold — and yet her narrative choices here are as misguided as they were exciting in her previous ‘Somersault.’
  • [New – 3/28] | Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Texture and detail embellish a provocative story
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: At once literal and yet nimbly metaphoric, “Lore” condenses its extensive subject into a cinematic poem that is easily apprehended.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com
    • Excerpt: One of the most powerful war stories to appear on screen. A story of the universal defeat of war and the enduring survival of the human spirit.
  • George Zervopoulos @ www.moviesltd.gr [Greek]
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 9:07 am

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