WINTER IN WARTIME
Could Be Cleaner
Release Date: March 18, 2011
Starring: Martijn Lakemeier, Yorick van
Wageningen, Jamie Campbell
Bower, Raymond Thiry, Melody
Klaver, Anneke Blok, Dan van
Husen, Ad van Kempen, Mees
Peijnenburg, Tygo Gernandt
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 103 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics/Sony
Director: Martin Koolhoven
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Els Vandervorst, San Fu Maltha
Writer: Mieke de Jong, Paul Jan
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom
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Young Michiel, age 13, has an easy time during the occupation because his father is mayor. The older brother of his best friend gives him a message to deliver to the blacksmith in case he doesn’t make it back from an attempt to destroy the German ammunition depot. Sure enough, the friend’s older brother gets arrested, and the Nazis shoot the blacksmith before Michiel can deliver the message.
Michiel opens up the message. It provides directions into the woods where the brother and the blacksmith were hiding an English paratrooper whose plane was shot down. Michiel tries to help the wounded soldier, Jack, without telling his parents. Even his older sister, Erica, a nurse, gets involved. Michiel gets jealous, however, because Jack and Erica are clearly attracted to one another.
The Germans discover the dead body of a soldier that Jack had to kill. This forces Michiel to come face-to-face with the harsh realities of the war. Michiel decides to take action, but without knowing who to trust.
The young hero of this well-made drama faces terrible ordeals and dilemmas in the second half of WINTER IN WARTIME. He even has to confront a horrible act of betrayal in the third act. The whole situation forces him to grow up pretty fast and make major moral decisions well beyond his years.
Overall, WINTER IN WARTIME is a high quality foreign language production with many tense, revealing moments handled deftly. It is also well acted, generating much sympathy for its young hero. However, the movie has brief strong foul language and gratuitous lewd content that detract from its focus and its inspiring qualities. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
Overall, WINTER IN WARTIME is a high quality foreign language production with many tense, revealing moments handled deftly. It is also well acted, generating much sympathy for its young hero. However, the movie has brief strong foul language and gratuitous lewd content that detract from its focus and undermine its inspiring qualities. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for WINTER IN WARTIME.