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
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A different view of WW2.

While a little one-dimensional this is, nonetheless, a satisfying movie which captures its period very well (one of our members is a 70-year-old Dutchman who was living in Holland at the time this movie is set). Some great acting and stunning winter scenery flesh the movie out.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

TVNZ

TVNZ

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

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

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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.

3.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

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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.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

3.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

TVNZ

TVNZ

press

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

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

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.

3.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

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.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

3.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

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

4.0

A different view of WW2.

While a little one-dimensional this is, nonetheless, a satisfying movie which captures its period very well (one of our members is a 70-year-old Dutchman who was living in Holland at the time this movie is set). Some great acting and stunning winter scenery flesh the movie out.

4.0