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.
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.
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.’