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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 109m 3s

Release date 22/02/2013

BBFCInsight Contains gory images, brief strong sex and nudity

Genre(s) Drama, War

Director(s) Cate Shortland

Cast includes Saskia Rosendahl, Nele Trebs, André Frid, Mika Seidel

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 12/02/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

LORE is a German language historical drama with English subtitles, based on Rachel Seiffert's novel 'The Dark Room'. Lore is the teenage daughter of a Nazi SS Officer, and in 1945 when her parents are arrested, she has to travel across Germany with her four younger siblings to try and reach their grandmother's house. Along the way she learns about wartime atrocities and is forced to question her parents' role in them. The film is rated 15 for gory images, brief strong sex and nudity.

As the children travel around trying to find places to sleep in abandoned buildings, they come across several bloody corpses, including a man who has shot himself through the eye, with the wound shown in close-up as a fly crawls over it. There is also a body with a very bloody and possibly burned face, and a dead woman who appears to have been raped, with her underwear pulled down and lots of blood at the top of her thighs. The violence that resulted in these deaths is not shown. The gory images are shocking and have a strong emotional impact, but they are used sparingly and are not dwelt on for too long. There are some scenes of violence too, including an undetailed shooting, and blood flying from a man's head when he is beaten with a rock.

In one sequence, a couple have sex standing against a wall and there is close-up focus on the man grabbing the woman's bare breast as they grunt and move against each other. Later, there is an emotionally intense scene between Lore and Thomas, a man the children have met on their journey. He puts his hand up Lore's skirt, with her encouraging him as they stare at each other. There is no nudity but the sequence is quite sustained.

Further issues include some still black and white photographs of piles of emaciated corpses at concentration camps, which have been put on public display to show people what was happening near their town. The images are strong and horrific, but also very familiar in the context of a film about Nazi Germany.

The film features some mild bad language in the subtitles, including 'damn', 'shit' and 'piss off'.

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.


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