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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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Dennis Bots

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

Dutch

Release Date:

3 July 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Secrets of War See more »

Filming Locations:

Limburg, Netherlands See more »

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Opening Weekend:

€97,164 (Netherlands), 6 July 2014, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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In Spain was only released in 23 theaters. Released in dubbed version / subtitled version (4 theaters). See more »

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When Tuur fight with Lambert his shirt is open , however, when he walks away it is buttoned up. When he starts cycling it is open again. See more »

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Written and performed by Alain Clark
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Versatile and realistic family film - without undue pathos
16 March 2016 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

It is not easy to combine war environment and children's daily life and activities, particularly under any occupation, air raid or other events incompatible with "normal" childhood. On the other hand, these are the times when friendship, common interests, rivalry matter most, and all this - plus other important factors - have been here capably depicted. Child actors provide particularly good performances, but due to their character's age, one can not blame them for not understanding "global realities", e.g. holocaust; moreover, Nazi occupation in Holland was not so harsh as in Eastern Slavic areas, for example. Providing different undertones or scenes would have meant moving beyond children's film concept, towards aware/knowledgeable deeds, but the main characters were about 10 years old!

All in all, a good combination of World War II history and life in an occupied township. Not all films should deal with "correct" attitudes towards Jews...


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