Winter in Wartime (Oorlogswinter)

Rated R 103 min. 2011

Michiel (Martijn Lakemeier) is a teenage boy who discovers a wounded British soldier hiding out in the woods outside his small town in the Netherlands and helps him hide as he recovers. The snow-blanketed area provides a conflicted viewpoint of WWII: Although Michiel observes some key figures around town being rounded up, the true horrors of the war don't seem to have reached his borders yet. After a British plane is shot down in the woods, Michiel aids Jack (Jamie Campbell Bower), who’s in a lot of pain from a gunshot wound to the leg. Unable to find either Jack or the townspeople helping him, the German leadership decides to make an example out of the mayor, Michiel’s father. Unfortunately, the movie’s plot gets muddied by clumsy twists and preposterously convenient turns by the third act. By the time it gets back to Michiel’s loss of innocence, the mood has been irrevocably broken.

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Director: Martin Koolhoven

Writer: Mieke de Jong and Martin Koolhoven

Cast: Martijn Lakemeier, Yorick van Wageningen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Raymond Thiry, Melody Klaver, Anneke Blok, Tygo Gernandt, Dan van Husen, Ad van Kempen and Peter Eberst

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