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Once Upon a War (1966)

Der var engang en krig (original title)
A young boy grows up during the German occupation of Denmark in World War II.

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Ole Busck ...
Tim
Kjeld Jacobsen ...
The Father
Astrid Villaume ...
The Mother
Katja Miehe-Renard ...
Kate
Birgit Bendix Madsen ...
Jane
Christian Gottschalch ...
Bedstefaderen
Yvonne Ingdal ...
Lis
Karen Marie Løwert ...
Lis' mor
Gregers Ussing ...
Frank
Jan Heinig Hansen ...
Markus
Birgit Brüel ...
Markus' mor
Jørgen Beck ...
Vennen
Elsa Kourani ...
Vennens kone
Henry Skjær ...
Rektor
Holger Perfort ...
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A young boy grows up during the German occupation of Denmark in World War II.

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16 November 1966 (Denmark)  »

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Once There Was a War  »

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The banalities and problems of life in an occupied country.
31 January 2002 | by (dundee) – See all my reviews

This Danish film is about life in Copenhagen during the closing stages of World War Two. It isn't really a war film in the sense that the war predominates. Instead, it is mainly about an adolescent boy coming to terms with maturity.

The war impinges only now and again as a series of incidents. The boys on their bicycles rejoice in a roadway full of tin foil, dropped by British aircraft the previous night to confuse the German electronic defences. The schoolroom falls deathly quiet as a uniformed German officer enters - but he is only inspecting space to be allocated to bombed out refugees from Hamburg. There is embarrassment when a lonely German soldier engages the boy in conversation about his dog.

And in the midst of all this, the boy fantasies about a girl, becoming a resistance hero to impress her, and marrying her. The scene in which he is able to inspect the contents of her bedroom is just as important to him as the episodes of wartime life. His parents and their friends tell jokes about the Nazis behind closed doors in the stultifying boredom of a curfewed city in the evenings. That is the only opposition they can show.

Everyone knows that it will soon end, but life goes on in the meantime. People must endure.

This is, perhaps, what it must have been like.


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