The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (released as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas in the United States; see spelling differences) is a 2008 British historical-drama based on the novel of the same name by Irish writer John Boyne. Directed by Mark Herman, produced by Miramax Films, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film stars Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Amber Beattie and Rupert Friend.
This film is a Holocaust drama that explores the horror of a World War II Nazi extermination camp through the eyes of two 8-year-old boys; one the son of the camp's Nazi commandant, the other a Jewish inmate.
In the film's opening, set in Berlin, in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, a 8-year-old boy named Bruno (Asa Butterfield) is seen playing with his three friends. After arriving home he learns that his father Ralf (David Thewlis) has been promoted. After a party to celebrate the promotion (at which Bruno's paternal grandmother is shown to disapprove of Ralf's promotion and the move), Bruno, his father, his mother Elsa (Vera Farmiga), and his sister Gretel (Amber Beattie),12, relocate. Bruno hates his new home as there is nobody to play with and very little to explore. After commenting that he has spotted people working on what he thinks is a farm, he is also forbidden from playing in the back garden.