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For a Lost Soldier (1992)

Voor een verloren soldaat (original title)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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7 May 1993 (USA)  »

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$386,329 (USA)
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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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A very interesting film
21 July 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I have watched this film many times and I recently viewed it again. The only really interesting part of the movie is the relationship between the young boy and the soldier. Everything else that happens in the film is really just to establish why this young man would be drawn to someone kind and caring. What I wish would have been delved into more was how the soldier came to feel the way he does about the kid. He talks a little about his past with his father and mother but never really explains himself personally. He does not look like he would have ever had a problem getting a girl, so his "prediliction" becomes even more a mystery.

I really applaud the fact that the film maker was able to tell this story so sensitively without it being lurid. It is a shame I think that a film like this could never have been made in America, "the land of the free".


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