Winter In Wartime [Blu-ray] 
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January 1945. Nazi occupied Holland lies under a blanket of snow. A young man, Michiel, defiant in his hatred for the Nazis, inadvertently receives a map detailing the hiding place of a crashed RAF pilot and sets off to prove his worth. He finds the pilot, Jack, badly injured, but the situation becomes more desperate when a dead Nazi trooper is found and the hunt for the killer commences. Unaware of the terrible consequences that await his family, Michiel decides to help Jack escape, undertaking a perilous journey that could cost him everything he has ever known. From the Producer of the multi-award winning Black Book, and co-starring Jamie Campbell Bower (Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows & Twilight New Moon), Winter in Wartime is a breathtaking cinematic masterpiece that shows the true human cost of a terrible conflict. In the darkest days of the coldest winter, a hero will be made.
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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!
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!
(And it should have received the Oscar nomination it was short-listed for!!)
The story concerns a fresh faced 14 year old boy Michiel, who harbours aspirations to join the local resistance movement. The life expectancy in this movement is about the same as a first world war pilot, judging from the rate they are bumped off early on! Not something that seems to put our young would be hero off! Michiel resents his father the town mayor who appears to pander to the local Nazi's for the sake of an easier life, but he worships his Uncle Ben who has contact with the resistance. When he discovers a downed English pilot, Michiel enters into a very dangerous game. The penalty for such help being a lonely wall and the firing squad. All is not as it seems for a young boy forced to grow up fast under the harsh realities of war.
The film is something of a Dutch boys own adventure, with the theme of lost innocence at its heart. There were many children in Europe during WW2 who were sadly robbed of their innocence, so this is certainly a sincere theme. The film also realistically portrays that feeling of dread that those working in the resistance had to live with. That awful knock on the door in the middle of the night that could lead to torture and exection. We are also made painfully aware of the wartime shortages and the temptation for some to turn informer.Read more ›
"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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I tried hard to like this film, but really there's just too much in the way of boy-pedalling-bike-around-all-over-the-place and long thoughtful stares and silences for my taste. Read morePublished 5 days ago by M. P. Campbell
A very good film, and made more impressionable by the fact it was aimed at young audiences and based on a childrens novel.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ricoh
Excellent item as described. Prompt dispatch, safe and sound. Top marks.Published 6 months ago by P. F. Tracgransglaws
A gripping film. Right throughout I was tensed up waiting to see what would happen next..Published 6 months ago by Patrick Howard