Lore Saturday, 11 July 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes and infrequent violence.

  • The pitch:

    A dep-lore-able period of history.

  • Starring:

    Saskia Rosendahl, Ursina Ladi, Nele Trebs, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nick Holaschke, André Frid, Mika Seidel, Sven Pippig, Philip Wiegratz, Katrin Pollitt, Hendrik Arnst, Kai-Peter Malina

  • Directed by:

    Cate Shortland

  • Running time:

    109 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)


    An animal is shot (off-camera). Children are shot, shot at. Pictures of body pits containing hundreds of corpses, body pits discussed. A woman is raped, a baby is held underwater, a man's head is crushed with a rock, belongings are removed from corpses, uniformed soldiers carry guns. People are slapped, objects smashed. Killing children, torturing children, drowned child, stealing, shooting from behind, sabotage, looting, punishment by death, bombings mentioned.  Blood/gore: Bloody injuries, bleeding on legs, scratches, bruising. Bloody corpse with tied limbs, covered in ants. Bed-bug sores. Corpse with suicide injury (gunshot). Corpse with severe head injury and pooling blood. Corpses with decaying and bloodied flesh.


    Women are fondled/groped. Rape seen and implied. Kissing. A young man makes frequent sexual advances toward a teen girl. A girl places a man's hand up her skirt. A man pressures a teen girl for sexual favours, she begins to undress. Nudity: Frequent bathing. Naked girl at window (no genitals seen). Nude woman wearing a bra. Nightwear. Women wash in a bath-house (breasts seen). Shirtless man.


    Smoking (cigarettes, cigar).


    S-word, p*ss. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Antisemitism.


    Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, atrocities, survival, hunger, desperation, bartering, occupied forces, abandonment, prejudice, liberation, siblings, lies, propaganda, patriotism, murder, grief.


    A father is sent to a prison camp, mother abandons her children. Distressed children and baby. Swastikas, Hitler, burnt photographs, photos belonging to a deceased person, burning documents, destroying evidence, selling silverware and jewellery, checkpoint.  Deceased aunty, drowned child mentioned. Cows, dog, snail, bees, turtle, chickens, fish, eels, lamb, crab, sheep, flock of birds. Bonfire, wet-nursing, urination. German language (subtitled), brief Polish language. Based on The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert.


    Brave, emotional, gripping, remarkable, absorbing, unflinching. Beautifully photographed, exquisite cast and acting.


    Over-directed, precious.

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