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For a Lost Soldier (1992)
"Voor een verloren soldaat" (original title)

 |  Drama, Romance, War  |  7 May 1993 (USA)
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Set in The Netherlands at the end of WW II, this touching story, told in flashbacks, explores the complex and romantic relationship between an adult soldier and a displaced, lonely adolescent boy.

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Maarten Smit ...
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Andrew Kelley ...
Freark Smink ...
Hait
Elsje de Wijn ...
Mem
Derk-Jan Kroon ...
Jan
Wiendelt Hooijer ...
Henk
Iris Misset ...
Bonden
Gineke de Jager ...
Elly
Tatum Dagelet ...
Gertie
Marie-José Kouwenhoven ...
Renske
Valerie Valentine ...
Laura
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Chuck
Andrew Butling ...
Buikspreker
Andrew Cassani ...
Winslow
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The story of a romantic relationship between a grown-up and a child. Set in the Netherlands near the end of WWII, the film is a flashback recalling an adolescent relationship between Jeroen and a Canadian soldier. A difficult subject handled with style and feeling. Written by <andrewj@ozlinkbbs.ozlink.brisnet.org.au>

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In the truck, when Gertie soils herself, one of the boys says that from now on she will be known as "Dirty Girtie." However, although this rhymes when spoken in English, the characters where speaking Dutch, with English subtitles shown, and it does not rhyme in Dutch, which is clearly what was intended for humorous effect. See more »

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Walt Cook: [before making love to Jeroen] I love you... my prince. You're mine.
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Beautiful because it makes no statements.
5 January 2003 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

I was happy that I was able to see this movie. I was very moved by it, by the truth of the way the relationship between the boy and the man was shown. I was also happy to see it on the IMDb, and know that Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, etc., had not been able to get all the tapes burned.

The wonderful thing about the movie is that it avoids judgment-- negative or positive--about the relationship. The relationship happened. The people involved were not bad. And yet, the fact that the boy never got over the love of that man suggests the inherent inbalance in that type of relationship. Do you think the soldier went through the rest of his life trying to find the boy?

At any rate, these are just my questions. The movie is innocent, and does not make judgments, ask questions, or give answers, as befits a beautiful work of art. This movie needed to be made.


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