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.
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?
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.