Aussie director Cate Shortland (Somersault) adapts Rachel Seiffert’s novel The Dark Room, following the young and the ordeals they faced in the aftermath of World War II.
When their Nazi SS parents are taken into Allied custody, five siblings are left to fend for themselves. Teenage Lore, the oldest, takes charge and the children set out to join their grandmother in Hamburg, some 900 km away. Along the arduous journey, the children encounter a populace suffering from postwar denial and deprivation, and for the first time are exposed to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions.
With food hard to come by, and the journey becoming ever more dangerous, the children meet Thomas, a young Jewish survivor who helps them negotiate their way through tricky situations. Lore is both repulsed by and attracted to Thomas. All that she has been taught leads her to believe that he is the enemy, but his industriousness, generosity and physicality prove alluring.