Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, The


- Move!

- Move it!




It's me home.

- Bye, Bruno!

- Bye, Bruno!

- Hello, sweetheart.

- Mum, what's going on?

- We're celebrating.

- Celebrating?

Your father's been given a promotion.

- That means a better job.

- I know what promotion is.

So we're having a little party

to celebrate.

He's still going to be a soldier though,

isn't he?

Yes, my lamb.

Yes, just a more important one now.

There's some even more exciting news,

but I think Dad wanted

to tell you about that himself.

- Moving? Where to?

- To the countryside.

That's miles away.

What about Karl and Leon and Martin?

Sweetheart, I know it's hard,

but we're all having to say goodbye

to our friends for the time being.

Anyway, we'll make new ones

where we're going. Won't we?

Of course you are.

You'll make lots of new friends.

Bruno, you can have your friends

around in the morning before we go.

Think of it as an adventure,

like in one of your books.

But this is the best house ever.

Well, you never know. The house

we're going to might be even better.

Dad says it's got a garden.

Look, the thing is, Bruno,

the thing about being a soldier,

is that life is not so much about choice,

it's more about duty,

so if your country needs

you to go somewhere, you go.

Now, of course, going somewhere else

is much easier

when you know that your family

are so delighted to go with you.

Bruno! You're getting bigger

every time I see you.

It's only been a week, Nathalie.

Well, perhaps it's me

that's getting smaller.

So, you two,

well, what do you think of all this?

Moving out of Berlin?

Well, Mummy and Daddy say

it's a good thing,

so I suppose it must be.

Children, be angels, will you?

Pass some food around.

Heil Hitler!


- Doesn't he look wonderful?

- Absolutely.

I'm so proud of you, my boy.

Oh, dear. I sometimes wonder

if this is all down to me,

making you those costumes

for your little plays when you were tiny.

- You used to adore all that dressing up.

- Nathalie...

Does it still make you feel special,

Ralf dear?

The uniform and what it stands for?

Mother, it's a party.

Let's not spoil things.

Me, spoil things?

You should be careful.

Airing your views so publicly

could land you in trouble.

You know that.

So, how long are we losing you for,

my boy?

- Until the war is won, I would think.

- Well, not so long then.


All right, Bruno. Time to say goodbye.

- Bye-bye.

- Bye-bye!

"Time has come for me to sleep

Lord, I thank Thee for Thy keep

"Watch this night well over me

And teach me, Lord, to trust in Thee

"Care for children, sick and poor

Grant them, Lord, Thy blessing more

"And this I pray in Jesus' name

Care for my family just the same"


Children, look. Look! Our new home.

I have some business to take care of.

I'll see you shortly.

Well, what do we think?

Come on. It's lovely.

You two choose your rooms.

I'll have Maria come

and help you unpack.

What do you think of it, Maria?

The new house.

It's not for me to say.

But it won't feel like home

until we make it feel like home, will it?

Is he already up?

Who was that?

One of your father's soldiers,

I suppose.

- He looked very serious.

- Well, they are, aren't they?

- Why are we whispering?

- I don't know.

- And play with who?

- The children over on the farm.

Farm? I didn't see a farm.

And that one, too.

You can only see it from my room.

And there are some children there?

- Yes, quite a few.

- That's good.

- So, I'll be able to play with them.

- I don't see why not.

I'll wait a little bit,

just to see what they're like,

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