I am no student of film and no film critic. But I have always been fascinated by WWII and Germany. I have seen all the Holocaust movies (Schindler's List, The Pianist, etc.), but none have hit me as hard as this movie. None personify evil (the Commandant-father and the young Lieutenant) and innocence (the young boy Bruno and his friend in the Striped Pajamas) and everything in-between (Bruno's mother and sister) as well.
Go and see the movie when it comes out next month. (But, Gina's right, you won't want to take any pre-teens with you.) And when you walk out of the theater and regain the gift of speech, talk about it with friends.