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.
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: There has recently been a steady influx of movies from Europe dealing with Nazi occupation during World War II. Whilst the majority have focused on national mythmaking and regional heroes, Winter in Wartime is more focussed on creating an exciting story. For this reason, it’s the pick of the bunch. Having a vulnerable, adolescent protagonist creates a heightened sense of danger and the wartime setting provides an edge to his loss of innocence.