Taika Waititi's new movie shows the Kiwi writer/director/actor to be as fearless a film-maker as ever, wringing uneasy laughs and brutal pathos out of one of the darkest periods in recent human history.

During World War II, 10-year-old German Jojo Betzler (British actor Roman Griffith Davis) is an enthusastic participant in the Hitler Youth movement but his lack of a killer instinct earns him the titular nickname.

An imaginary friend, in the form of Hitler himself (played by Waititi), provides comfort but Jojo's Nazi-driven mindset is challenged when he discovers a Jewish girl (Kiwi Thomasin McKenzie) that his mother (Scarlett

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