When Hitler fell by suicide, his body burned in an attempt to keep the Russians from finding it, the struggles for a German domination of Europe came to an unambiguous end after the better part of a century. The Red Army stood astride the entire eastern half of Europe, and it repaid German civilians for what the Werhmacht and SS did to occupied Russian territories in their war of annihilation. There have been genuine hells created on Earth in the last century, many of them by the German state, but even so, one of the most terrible things to have been was a German civilian east of the demarcation line in 1945.
Millions fled ahead of the Russian legions, desperate to be in the Western zone of control whenever the shooting ended up stopping for good. Lore is an independent film telling that sort of story, of a teenaged German girl fleeing with her siblings, before the soldiers come, before someone points out that her father was in the SS.
Here’s the full description of the plot:
When her SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are captured by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, the 14-year-old German girl Lore (striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl) must lead her four siblings on a harrowing journey across a devastated country. When she meets the charismatic and mysterious young refugee Thomas (Kai Malina, The White Ribbon), Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of hatred and desire as she must put her trust in the very person she was always taught to hate in order to survive.
Lore is showing in a limited number of theaters at the moment, with no word as to whether it will get a wider release.