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For a Lost Soldier (1992)

Voor een verloren soldaat (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | 7 May 1993 (USA)
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.

Director:

Roeland Kerbosch

Writers:

Don Bloch, Rudi van Dantzig (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maarten Smit Maarten Smit ... Jeroen Boman - jong
Jeroen Krabbé ... Jeroen Boman - oud
Andrew Kelley Andrew Kelley ... Walt Cook
Freark Smink Freark Smink ... Hait
Elsje de Wijn Elsje de Wijn ... Mem
Derk-Jan Kroon Derk-Jan Kroon ... Jan
Wiendelt Hooijer Wiendelt Hooijer ... Henk
Iris Misset Iris Misset ... Bonden
Gineke de Jager Gineke de Jager ... Elly
Tatum Dagelet Tatum Dagelet ... Gertie
Marie-José Kouwenhoven Marie-José Kouwenhoven ... Renske
Valerie Valentine Valerie Valentine ... Laura
William Sutton ... Chuck
Andrew Butling Andrew Butling ... Buikspreker
Andrew Cassani Andrew Cassani ... Winslow
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands

Release Date:

7 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der verlorene Soldat See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$386,329
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (newsreel archive footage)| Color
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Goofs

Although the story takes place in 1944, the house which Jeroen leaves from in 1944 clearly has modern thermal pane windows. See more »

Quotes

Walt Cook: I love you... my prince. You're mine.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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A great film
29 November 2006 | by tre_gibbsSee all my reviews

I will be the first to admit that the subject matter is a bit risqué for the typical American movie goer. However, keep in mind that this is told exclusively from the viewpoint of the child. It is also done in a realistic and yet romantic way. The child is obviously longing for comfort and security, having been removed from the security of his family during WWII. In addition to being placed into a foster home, a pubescent Jeroen finds himself realizing his budding sexuality is that of one who is attracted to the same sex, which also adds to the feelings of loneliness and isolation. This film deals with a difficult topic, but does it in a way that simply tells a story with enormous feeling and sophistication.

It reminds me of being a young man and wondering what it would be like to feel safe and comforted in the arms of someone older with whom I had complete trust and with whom I was enamored.

Not everyone will see it this way - only the pure of heart.


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