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Secrets of War (2014)

Oorlogsgeheimen (original title)
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During WWII, the friendship of two boys is at risk when a girl tells a very personal secret to only one of them.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maas Bronkhuyzen ...
Joes Brauers ...
Michael Nierse ...
Boy 1
Tonko Bossen ...
Boy 2
Luc Feit ...
Horst Baumhaken
Juul Vrijdag ...
Mrs. Witteman
Ad van Kempen ...
Mr. Witteman
Mr. Ramakers
Nils Verkooijen ...
Pien Westendorp ...
Mrs. Ramakers
Annemarie Prins ...
Aunt Anna
Stefan de Walle ...
Mr. Nijskens
Margo Dames ...
Mevrouw Nijskens
Bas van Prooijen ...


Summer 1943. Tuur and Lambert are best friends. The surrounding of their idyllic village has no secrets for the teenagers. From the farm of Lamberts dad to the marl caves in the woods - it's their world. But the war is closing in and is about to change their lives forever. Tuur's dad joined the resistance and even his big brother seems to be a part of it. Lambert's family on the other hand choose to obey the Germans. Then a new girl from the city shows up, befriending the boys but telling her secret to only one of them. A choice that separates the boys and ultimately gets her in trouble. Tuur not only risks losing his friendship with Lambert, but even his whole family. He will have to stop at nothing to safeguard both. Written by Dutch FilmWorks

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Drama | Family | History | War


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Title song ("Onze Vriendschap") at end credits was performed by Dutch singer Alain Clarke, it means Our Friendship and it refers to the two main characters implying their friendship will last forever and therefore continue. See more »


During the Occupation of The Netherlands (1940-1945) two boys find an American comic book, presumably left by a downed American pilot. This comic book, a dangerous item in those days, reappears in scenes that follow, until one of the boys' mother confiscates and burns it. The magazine that ends up in the stove is a 1952 reprint, which follows from the cover design (Classics Illustrated instead of Classic Comics) and the cover price (15c instead of the regular '40's price of 10c.). See more »


Onze vriendschap
Written and performed by Alain Clark
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Worth Watching Out for This One
16 June 2015 | by (NC, USA) – See all my reviews

Very well done film. The child actors are impressive. I took my two teen daughters to a screening and they agreed it is one of the best movies they've seen. Most WWII movies center on soldiers or governments or strategy. This one shows the simplest situations of daily life for children and how huge consequences come of adult error, cowardice, and prejudice. Rather than simply demonize all supporters of Hitler's regime, the film does show with subtly how some were acting out of ignorance, others appeasement, yet others desperation--but it never excuses or dismisses the depth of consequence and responsibility, even for children.

Touching, evocative, affecting but not pretentious. This is what art should be like today. Secrets of War is scheduled for a US release in December 2015. Watch for it.

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