Winter in Wartime Reviews

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March 1, 2015
An oversimple tragedy of a young man told in a manner that's affecting only because its pacing and techniques are too familiar. For one that finds it too conventional, the suspense melts away, and the affection is lost. One is then left with slushy water to wallow in in this not-quite-solid sighful winter of a film.
September 27, 2014
when will this be out on streaming?
July 14, 2014
An excellent wartime coming of age drama set in Nazi occupied Holland late in World War II. The story is powerful and well told. The acting is excellent. The settings and cinematography are outstanding. A very well directed and emotionally powerful movie.
½ May 30, 2014
Not only having a beautiful title and scene of white winter, "Winter In Wartime" successfully combines a touching War-melodrama with thriller elements. This film brings us to examine ourselves how to confront, betrayal and ally, courage and duplicity as surrounding us complexly.
½ May 6, 2014
classic, mindblowing picture, best screenplay
April 15, 2014
Compelling, dark story, but nonetheless a good movie. English subtitles.
March 26, 2014
Excellent film that portrays a young boy's abrupt coming of age in German occupied Holland during WWII. Movingly told.
August 18, 2013
Good human war drama. Climax was twisted and very suspenseful. 13 year old Michiel and British paratrooper Jack's friendship was wonderful. Music by great Pino Donaggio! (Carrie, The Howling) Good actors, very powerful story and great cinematography. If you like good Foreign movies, try this! Blu-ray's picture and sound quality was amazing!
½ April 30, 2013
Kept it moving... good flick.
April 24, 2013
4/19/13 This film does pick on the Germans (again), but it is a very good story. It is a tough life they are forced to live under the occupation. This story definitely makes me appreciate that I live in today's world and not back then. In war, everyone was constantly putting their lives on the line, even the civilians, like in this film.
½ April 20, 2013
It's a nice enough story, but does quite reach its full potential. Maybe it's because of some devices that seem to break the tone of the movie - like the use of shaky-cams at certain stages that really just take me out of the film precisely because its not used for the most part and mostly comes across as redundant. Or the superfluous flashback montage at the big reveal moment which is really not needed - we got the point anyway, thank you. Too bad, because the themes explored here are really interesting.
February 22, 2013
beautiful performance by Martijn Lakemeier who captures the fear of the Nazis that lingered in the air,
January 2, 2013
A must see for the way loyalty, kindness and heroism of family, friend and foe are shown entangled and complex; for the beautiful winter backdrop to the murderous German occupation; and for the cast, especially the young who come of age, trying desperately to prevent more killing. Gorgeous and painful!! (Beautiful old bicycles, too)
½ December 18, 2012
Another excellent WWII movie from the Dutch. Well worth a watch!
½ November 27, 2012
Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war.
October 30, 2012
Richly compelling. Brilliant.
October 30, 2012
Wartime as viewed through the eyes of a boy in the waning days of WWII in Holland. Beautiful movie, excellent cinematography and a good story. A war movie yes, but more a coming of age story in the midst of terrible circumstance
July 17, 2010
Considering its a film about WWII, its not very moving or shocking.
½ September 10, 2012
Had potential, and some interesting moments, but ultimately fails to deliver. Drifts throughout and only really comes together at the end.
March 9, 2011
Not bad, although in so many ways so .... unlikely to have succeed. Bikes, buggies and horses, ferries, motorcycles, fallen planes and military vehicles. Secret radios, messages and betrayals, group shootings and nudity before happy ending (no bun intended!). Good old dutch war time saga ending in liberation... both of the mind, body and the country.
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