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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.

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Dennis Bots

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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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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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Dutch

Release Date:

3 July 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

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Limburg, Netherlands See more »

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€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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Title song ("Onze Vriendschap") at end credits was performed by Dutch singer Alain Clarke, it means Our Friendship and it refers to the two main characters implying their friendship will last forever and therefore continue. 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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Onze vriendschap
Written and performed by Alain Clark
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Young friends, youthful love and war.
25 February 2016 | by rj-27See all my reviews

This is the kind of movie you wish would be made more often today. Instead of relying on CGI and comic book type characters to carry the film, this movie places all the importance on character development and a poignant story line to maintain your interest.

And that it does very well.

The two main protagonists Tuur and Lambert, played by Maas Bronkhuyzen and Joes Brauers are best friends at one of the worst times in human history. It takes place in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation of World War II. The two school boys are inseparable and spend all of their spare time together including fighting off school bullies who pick on Lambert because of his family's collaboration with their German overlords.

This relationship continues until a new girl arrives at school, Maartje, played by Pippa Allen. Lambert befriends her almost immediately, but Tuur is reluctant to allow her to become a part of their relationship, which he sees as singularly a duo and definitely not a trio.

Gradually, Maartje wins Tuur over and before long, Tuur finds he'd rather spend his spare time with Maartje than with his long time friend. It gets to the point where he lies to Lambert about getting together him after church in order to see Maartje. Maartje reveals a secret about her true identity to Tuur that she pleads with him not to tell anyone, including Lambert. This complication leads to betrayed trust and lands Maartje in trouble with the Nazi sympathizers, for which Lambert receives the blame, thus destroying a once best friend relationship and a new budding young romantic one.

The film concludes with all the poignancy one should expect from a well written, well developed story line, that has war as its central theme coming between young men and women who at any other time would enjoy long lasting and special friendships.

There is no violence, no nudity and no profanity. In short, it is a wonderful film with timeless themes for all ages and well worth the watch.


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