Conclusion: Martin Koolhoven's 'Winter in Wartime' is an emotional coming-of-age tale set during the last winter of World War II. It's a touching and tragic film about a boy learning the complexities of bravery and courage, ones which challenge his previous heroic fantasies. The Blu-ray arrives with a strong audio and video presentation but a poor selection of special features, making it a nice package for fans and worth recommending to others for the film alone.
Conclusion: Winter in Wartime is a high quality motion picture that transcends its setting and surrounding elements and creates a universal picture about the loss of innocence but the need to retain it in a world turned upside down. It's not necessarily a depressing film; in fact it's quite uplifting at times, even through all of the seen and implied Horror within it.
Excerpt: The Film There have been several films that have chronicled how the Netherlands endured through the Second World War, and while many stories, including Paul Verhoven's Soldier of Orange and even the epic A Bridge Too Far have shown the celebration during the liberation, what is often forgotten is that much of the country remained occupied until the end of the war in May of 1945.
Excerpt: Michiel (Martijn Lakemeier) is a 13-year-old boy living in Nazi-occupied Holland. Through a series of complicated circumstances, Michiel finds himself in the position of aiding a wounded British paratrooper (Jamie Campbell Bower, Sweeney Todd ) hiding out in a small cabin in the woods. As time passes, the situation grows increasingly complicated and Michiel has difficulty attempting to figure out which of his friends and family members he can trust.
Conclusion: What a wonderful film! Holland has a true star in Martijn Lakemeier, and I cannot wait to see where he goes from here. The Blu-ray disc herein reviewed, courtesy of British distributors Kaleidoscope Entertainment, looks and sounds excellent. It is also Region-Free. I urge you to consider adding Winter in Wartime to your collections as soon as possible. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?