· Close up towards Bruno looking through the window, builds a lot of suspense
· Can see the mood deteriorating as it goes on from very happy to more serious and dangerous.
· Lighthearted opening (kids having fun)
· At the beginning while the children play they are sub consciously
· Scene where daughter says a prey should be a sweet scene but dad looks serious and uncomfortable.
· Arrive at new house and shot from Bruno’s point of view at a low angle shot making him look venerable as is looks big and scary
· When the man carrying veg enters kitchen we are made to feel awkward, enhances this when we see everyone in that kitchens reaction.
· Change of a sweet gesture (making a swing) into a negative feel when we see how bad Paval is treated and we feel sympathy for him
· When he falls off the swing could foreshadow the later stages of the film that the more curious he gets the more dangerous and he will get hurt.
· Mum looks reluctant to thank Paval.
· At the end, sound of thunder and lightening, adding to the gloomy and frightening idea of what’s happening.
· Two stories happening at once, so we see it evolve and the mother realize Bruno is missing and where he could be.
· Music builds tension as he gets closer to being in danger and seeing more of the reality of the camp.
· Heavy breathing and loud voices of soldiers gives a idea of what’s happening just through sounds.
· Sudden silence of music could symbolize the death and that there is no more screaming or shouting or struggling.
· Shot of the door at the end while it zooms out showing the striped pajamas summarize the whole film and the issue it’s addressing.
· Parallel editing builds the tension of what will happen next and how the families reaction will be
I personally found to have an effect from the film after the first time I had watched it. This is because later after seeing the film I took part in a play on the holocaust where we played characters in the film and lines we said reflect the images in the film and made the idea of it more explicit and blunt as they don’t sugar coat it or hide the truth of it. Therefore this film made an impact on me once I had moved on from seeing it and then reminded of it because of the lasting effect it had. At the end I also have different emotions toward the mother and father. Even though I feel bad the child has died, I cant help but feel glad that they have faced consequences of their own actions and can see how brutal it is what they are doing and how wrong it is. Also it is hard to feel sorry for the dad as if it wasn’t for him the problems of Jewish people being gassed wouldn’t exist and he put his child in that danger. Although a parent could feel different as they would understand that they hold such a big responsibility of having a child and the guilt you will live with after letting such a horrific thing happen to them.