Winter in Wartime

Winter in Wartime

Winter in Wartime

Dutch coming-of-age drama set during the final winter of World War II.

14-year-old Michiel (Martijn Lakemeier) spies a British plane going down in flames from his bedroom window and later discovers the wounded pilot (Sweeney Todd's Jamie Campbell Bower). Unsure of whom to trust, including his German co-operating father, Michiel decides to help the soldier himself and becomes a one-man Dutch resistance movement. But what starts out as a teenage boy's dream adventure soon becomes a lesson in the brutal realities of war.

2008103 minsNetherlands, Belgium Dutch, English, German with English subtitles
AdaptationDramaWarHistoricalWorld Cinema

Winter in Wartime / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Dutch helmer Martin Koolhoven finds the perfect blend of classical cinema and arthouse sensitivities in WWII coming-of-ager "Winter in Wartime."

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TVNZ

TVNZ

Set in the last winter of World War II, Nazi occupied Holland is under siege - both from the Germans and a blanket of snow.

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Newshub

Newshub

Overall the film seems more emotionally restrained and subdued than it could’ve gotten away with, but at the same time this understatement makes a refreshing change to the big bang wartime films we’re so used to seeing.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

The film is at its best addressing the doomed compromises necessary for life under a brutal occupation, but fails to escape its origins as a children’s novel.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Nothing new here but there are some strong performances and authentic period detail.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

This 2008 Dutch release was short-listed for last year's Best Foreign Language Academy Award.

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