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Oorlogswinter (2008)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michiel
... Oom Ben
... Jack
... Johan
... Erica
Anneke Blok ... Lia
Mees Peijnenburg ... Dirk
Jesse van Driel ... Theo
... Auer
Ad van Kempen ... Schafter
... Bertus
Ben Ramakers ... Veerman
... Duitse Soldaat Redding
Jens Roth ... Duitse Soldaat 1
... Duitse Soldaat 2
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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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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 2008 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Winter in Wartime  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€332,082 (Netherlands), 30 November 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,937, 20 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$542,860, 31 July 2011
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Being a fan of the spaghetti western genre, director Martin Koolhoven casted German character actor Dan van Husen as Auer. Van Husen started his acting career in Italy, acting in over 20 spaghetti westerns. See more »

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When Michiel is cycling through the village, he passes a row of houses typical for the post-war resurrection era. See more »

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References The Great Silence (1968) See more »

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Oorlogswinter - Score
Composer: Pino Donaggio
Orchestra: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309
Co-orchestrator: Maurizio Abeni
Conductor: Maurizio Abeni
Soprano Vocals by Boris Dobromirov Dobrev
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A boy growing up in WW2
29 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Tense, yet restrained movie about a boy who discovers that war is more than just an exciting adventure.

When he finds the escaped pilot from a crashed British fighter plane, lead character Michiel's first emotion is one of excitement. Disappointed in his father's - the town mayor - seemingly lacking resistance towards the German occupation forces he guards his find like a coveted treasure.

It's his way to not only be part of the resistance but also to rebel against his father who does not want Michiel to get into any kind of trouble. Michiel wants to be like his live-in uncle Ben, who as a smuggler is more like his concept of a resistance hero.

The story obviously centers on Michiel's attempts to get the British pilot safely back to Britain, and this is presented in an exciting way with plenty of thrills and narrow escapes. At the same time the underlying theme of Michiel's growing up in extraordinary circumstances is just as interesting. The changes in his character, his motivations and his perception of the world around him are shown in a subtle and convincing way.

Good directing and generally fine acting help move the story along nicely, with both exciting action scenes and a realistic portrayal of 'normal' rural life during war time.

Director Martin Koolhoven successfully manages to balance all story elements and underlying themes in a movie that is both accessible as a straightforward adventure movie but offers some character driven themes as well.

Only minor criticisms are the dialogue which at times is difficult to understand (a common problem in Dutch movies) and the sometimes excessive use of hand-held cameras.


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