I recently have been watching a lot of war movies and before I entered to watch this movie, I was like - "Oh no not another war history movie!".
But things just turned the other way around in just a few minutes into the movie. I still don't know anything about the director or the crew but this movie shoulders with Spielberg's masterpiece - "Schindler's List". All that, without visually showing any violence.
This movie has got such power! So well written, with very little dialog - but very effective. The holocaust as seen by an innocent eight year old kid, who is confused from what he hears and sees around. Every bit of this movie right from the beginning keeps adding up to a truly stunning climax. The characters have been so well enacted and shows different kinds of people with different views about the War and the tactics. People who disapprove of it, a small girl who blindly begins to patronize and a soldier who is torn apart between his family and reputation. This gives the story the essence of reality.
The casting is fantastic be it the Mother of Bruno, the Jewish Doctor, Bruno himself and especially Schmuel. This one is the most powerful movie I have seen in recent times, if not ever.