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.
Summary: Rule one in wartime: Keep your mouth shut. The desperate cling to innocence is set against the backdrop of war and occupation in Director Martin Koolhoven's smartly-crafted wartime Drama that centers on the seasonal life of a young boy struggling to find himself and understand the world that's been built around him in Nazi-controlled Holland. Despite its wartime setting, Winter in Wartime isn't a traditional War picture.
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.
Summary: Selected to represent Holland at the Oscars, Martin Koolhoven's "Oorlogswinter" a.k.a "Winter in Wartime" (2008) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Kaleidoscope Entertainment. The only supplemental feature on the disc is the film's original theatrical trailer. In Dutch and English, with imposed English subtitles for the main feature. Region-Free.