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4.0 out of 5 stars Please keep in mind that this little gem of a film is based on a children's novel., 12 April 2012
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This review is from: Winter In Wartime [DVD] [2008] (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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Initial post: 15 Feb 2014 18:22:59 GMT
Leftin says:
Well-said, and thank you - I didn't know the film was aimed at the younger market, but enjoyed it very much anyway. The lack of gore made it more watchable, in fact. Nazi atrocities are covered well by documentaries.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2014 17:18:20 GMT
Flmfn says:
Thanks, I loved the book growing up (it's a classic here) and I thought this was a very well done dramatisation (even more when you know it was shot in high Summer here, all the snow and ice is fake). I just wanted to let non-Dutch viewers know why the film might come across as a bit too tame compared to other WW2 films, as some seemed put off by the lack of realistic violence. I still think it's a film that can be enjoyed by adult viewers and younger audiences alike, I think it was rated 12+ here.

Posted on 20 Sep 2014 23:19:46 BDT
Snorbitz says:
Thanks for letting us know. That really was helpful. I also thought it was a film for adults.
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