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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.

Director:

Martin Koolhoven

Writers:

Martin Koolhoven (screenplay), Paul Jan Nelissen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martijn Lakemeier ... Michiel
Yorick van Wageningen ... Oom Ben
Jamie Campbell Bower ... Jack
Raymond Thiry ... Johan
Melody Klaver ... Erica
Anneke Blok Anneke Blok ... Lia
Mees Peijnenburg Mees Peijnenburg ... Dirk
Jesse van Driel Jesse van Driel ... Theo
Dan van Husen ... Auer
Ad van Kempen Ad van Kempen ... Schafter
Tygo Gernandt ... Bertus
Ben Ramakers Ben Ramakers ... Veerman
Tibo Vandenborre ... Duitse Soldaat Redding
Jens Roth Jens Roth ... Duitse Soldaat 1
Peter Eberst ... Duitse Soldaat 2
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Netherlands | Belgium

Language:

Dutch | English | German

Release Date:

27 November 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Winter in Wartime See more »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was voted best Dutch movie of 2008 by the Dutch Press. See more »

Goofs

When the boy gets home and opens the back door you can see the strips double layered isolation window glass. See more »

Connections

References A Man Called Blade (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

BACCARA
Composer (Componist): Ferry Barendse
Performed by (Uitgevoerd door): The Ramblers
Publisher (Uitgeverij): Editions Charles Bens / Strengholt Music Group
Label: Dureco / Strengholt Music
© Isabella Films / Fu Works
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Nice
13 August 2009 | by dusan-22See all my reviews

Nice film. Pretty much on this film is for the very good grade: camera, which is pure 10, acting and the story. The story brings the convincing picture of the kid during the time of war. This is how that probably looks like. No absolute good or bad, just problems, sense of pure childish honor and duty, and pain over all. This is about how my father tells me on WWII Occupation as he was the kid of that age back then. What I don't like about this film are the trivial shots which are kind of camera pleonasm. If somebody is wondering about something, there is no need to shoot him a whole minute just to express the very same feeling with no oscillation at all. This is for the art film. Instead of wasting the time on showing a person going up the whole 24 stairs making the movie slow, use most of that time to develop the minor characters: mother, sister, father and what is most important in this particular film - uncle Ben. The way his character fits into the hesitations of the growing up human profile of the strong kid is perfect; however, we don't have enough information to observe a picture that the main character fatally developed about him which makes his thoughts and motives pretty much unclear. All in all, pursuit towards excellence brings to this movie 6 out of 10 from my side.


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