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Winter in Wartime (2008)
"Oorlogswinter" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  27 November 2008 (Netherlands)
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In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, a teenage boy gets involved in the Dutch Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded RAF pilot.

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Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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In 1945 Holland, a boy must choose between good and evil.

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€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,937 (USA) (18 March 2011)

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$542,860 (USA) (29 July 2011)
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Director Martin Koolhoven has talked in interviews about how some spaghetti westerns influenced the movie. The introduction of Ben (played by Yorick van Wageningen) is similar to the introduction of Cheyenne (played by Jason Robards)in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) in the sense that the lead first hears the approaching character, which has a mystifying effect. Then the character is seen, but his eyes are covered by their hat, through a movement of the head of the actor, the eyes of the character is shown, completing the mythologizing effect. Koolhoven has also talked about the influence of The Great Silence (1968) and A Man Called Blade (1977) on the movie. See more »

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When Jack and Erica are walking over the bridge near the end of the film, they are actually walking to the wrong side of the river. The wooden pylons in the water are on the side of the Veluwe, the woods in which Jack's plane crashed. Jack wanted to go to Zwolle, which is on the side Michiel is watching Jack and his sister cross the bridge. See more »

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Outstanding coming of age film from Holland
18 July 2011 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

The Dutch film "Oorlogswinter" was shown in the United States with the title "Winter in Wartime" (2008). It was co-written and directed by Martin Koolhoven.

The movie stars Martijn Lakemeier as Michiel, a teenager whose father is the mayor of the town in which the family lives. World War II is coming to an end, but the Germans are still firmly in control of the area.

Martin's father is not truly a collaborator with the Germans, but he has established cordial relations with them in order to spare the town and its inhabitants from destruction. Michiel's uncle, Oom Ben, is in the Dutch resistance.

The plot moves forward rapidly after Michiel discovers a wounded British airman, Jack (Jamie Campbell Bower). Michiel is caught up in a swirl of hazardous, terrifying incidents.

"Oorlogswinter" is a coming-of-age film, but it's also much more. Director Koolhoven has captured the bleakness of the Dutch winter landscape, and the attempt by Michiel's family to maintain a semblance of normality in the face of ever-present danger.

The German soldiers aren't presented as unremittingly evil, nor are the Dutch citizens presented as noble in every respect. Nonetheless, good and evil clearly exist in the world and in this film. Who chooses good, and who chooses evil, is at the heart of the movie.

"Winter in Wartime" is an outstanding film. I believe it is underrated with an IMDb rating of 7.1. I suggest you seek it out and watch it. If it's not commercially released in your area, it will work well on DVD.


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