Coming of age is never easy, but the adolescent protagonist of this impressionistic and nuanced film has to do it amidst the devastation in a crumbling Germany at the end of World War II.
“Lore” is based on “The Dark Room,” a 2001 Booker Prize-nominated novel by British author Rachel Seiffert. The movie’s title character is Hannalore (Saskia Rosendahl) -- Lore is the diminutive -- the eldest daughter of a mother and father who are staunch Nazis.
Lore’s dad is an officer in the SS and her mom is a true believer who, when Hitler kills himself in the final days of the war, mournfully tells Lore, “It’s the end.”
Soon, Lore and her four younger siblings, including an infant, are left to fend for themselves in the midst of the Bavarian woods after their father is captured and their mother surrenders to the...