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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.

Director:

Dennis Bots

Writers:

Tanja Chung (translator), Karin van Holst Pellekaan | 1 more credit »
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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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Storyline

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 »

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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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Color

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Written and performed by Alain Clark
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Entertaining family film
12 October 2015 | by dannydenshawSee all my reviews

Times are hard in the German-occupied Netherlands, not least for young Tuur. He's worried that his parents seem to be working for the resistance movement and he can't get his head around the ambivalence of his peers to the occupying force. At the same time, he has to stick up for his best friend Lambert, whose family are Nazi sympathisers.

To crown it all, when he falls in love with the new girl in town, Maartje, she reveals a dangerous secret to him...

This isn't the most sophisticated of World War II movies, though it has an entertaining and engaging plot. What makes the film notable is the portrayal of the two principal boys by Maas Bronkhuyzen and Joes Brauers. The interplay between the cheeky and wonderfully expressive Tuur and the stoical but tender-hearted Lambert creates magic that saves this film from mediocrity.

The central themes of loyalty and courage will appeal particularly to younger viewers making this a good bet for family viewing.


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