Winter in Wartime 2008

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It's 1945 in occupied Holland. Michiel is defiant in his hatred for the Nazis so when he receives a map detailing the hiding place of a crashed RAF pilot he goes looking for him.

Starring:
Martijn Lakemeier, Yorick van Wageningen
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

Winter in Wartime

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, International, Historical
Director Martin Koolhoven
Starring Martijn Lakemeier, Yorick van Wageningen
Supporting actors Jamie Campbell Bower, Raymond Thiry, Melody Klaver, Anneke Blok, Tygo Gernandt, Dan Van Husen, Ad van Kempen, Peter Eberst
Studio The Movie Partnership
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Flmfn on 12 April 2012
Format: DVD
I have written another review here so I won't go into the details of what a great film I thought this was. There's just one thing that I think needs to be metioned here, so that non-Dutch viewers will see the film as it was intended, rather than comment negatively because they were under the false impression it was aimed at adult audiences.

This is a dramatization of a CHILDREN'S novel. A very well-known and well-loved Dutch children's novel in fact, based on the author's (Jan Terlouw) own childhood experiences during the devastating final "Winter of Hunger" (before the Northern part of The Netherlands was finally liberated in May 1945). But still, a children's novel, and therefor aimed at an audience of about 9-15 year-olds. In The Netherlands, this film was released as such, as a film for children/young teens. Hence the "lack" of gory action scenes or realisticly savage brutality by the hands of the occupiers that some viewers have mentioned in their comments. It was never intended for adult audiences. Maybe this knowledge will set this film in a different light for non-Dutch viewers.

I hope it does, because I loved it, as I loved the book when I was a child growing up in The Netherlands. But keep in mind, this is a story told from the perspective of a child, written for children. Don't let that fact deter you in any way though, you'll miss a little gem of a film!
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Gary on 2 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
Winter in Wartime is worth seeing if only for the beautiful cinematography. Even the coloration of scenes suits the genre and feel of this film perfectly showing the sheer dedication in the execution of this film. This is not just a story on tape but an artistic addition to film.

Although the genre of war may put some people off of watching Winter in Wartime, it must really be stressed that this film is about much more than war. It is a story of unimaginable situations, immeasurable courage and unfathomable predicaments that the characters find themselves in and as a viewer you are completely compelled to find out what will happen to these normal individuals that find themselves in abnormal circumstances.

A beautiful film, a touching story and definitely worth seeing. It is a film that will make you compare all other war films to it!

Simply brilliant!
(And it should have received the Oscar nomination it was short-listed for!!)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
By chance I watched this DVD in the same week as I saw Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" (2010). While the latter was a farrago which to misquote Noel Coward was twice as long as "The Dirty Dozen" and not half so funny, "Winter in Wartime" (2008) by contrast addressed many terrible issues of war on the home front, occupation by a foreign power, moral complexities, personal loyalities and the compromises that must be made simply in order to remain alive, Tarantino's film which appeared to have addressed many of the same issues was generally a dud.

"Winter in Wartime" offers a taut narrative, great performances from an accomplished team of mostly Dutch actors, chillingly beautiful cinematography and an entirely convincing drama. The musical score was somewhat heavy-handed and as with some other movies merely underlined moments of high emotion when the acting and photography were perfectly adequate in themselves. That quibble apart, "Winter in Wartime" is a fine film and I recommend it strongly.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Mandy Baldwin on 2 Jun 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I don't want to add spoilers to this review by giving away the plot, but this is a coming of age film which simply must be seen. Every character, the human dilemmas, the haunting scenery and camera work, the storyline, the musical score,I simply can't fault any of it - it is all perfect. The "boy" is the most endearing (yet realistic) adolescent I have ever seen - his acting skills are incredible, especially for one so young. The most gripping, moving film I have seen for years; I will never forget it, and actually need to own it, so I know I can watch it again (and again.) It is truly beautiful, a magnificent achievement for all concerned. In all honesty, God bless the Dutch film industry for giving this to the viewing public.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Edwards on 27 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
I am not a young man and I have spent most of my life studying the events of the twentieth century, in particular the military events. I am sorry if some people found this a boring film, I can only imagine that they are a lot younger than me and feel a film is worthless unless it has a lot of 'action' in it. I found this an interesting and at times gripping film. The relationship between the father and son was clearly strained by the son feeling that his father was a collaborator. As adults we realise that he was just doing what he could to protect the people of his town. The English pilot that some have criticised was obviously very scared and not sure who to trust. The best and worst of the german soldiers was shown with the brutality of the executions and the saving of the boy from the ice. Over the years I have seen most 'war' films out there and in my opinion this is well worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs on 30 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
The film is great and I was able due to the English subtitles, to let my kids watch it. I read the book as a matter of fact is a favourite of mine of my childhood. The only negative comment I have is that the film is only understandable if you are Dutch and have read the book or if you know your history about the Hunger Winter of '44 otherwise the constant stream of obviously desperate people will make absolutely no sense. The fact that people can only cross a bridge at a certain time to make sure that they are not captured by the Germans and other things are just not made clear. Also Jack was not caught in bed with Erika, they were caught kissing!!!!! For the Dutch this is a brilliant film but for foreigners like my kids(We live in the UK) it is a bit perplexing and needs to be explained throughout. I am hoping on a film version of the Reis door de Nacht omnibus. Travel through the night. Any producer in the Netherlands please??????
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