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Winter in Wartime Reviews

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October 25, 2016
Grest but i hope they didn't use real animals to film a few horrible scenes
½ August 23, 2016
Something came out real hard after a quite long while.
September 1, 2015
Basing a movie during the war that focuses on a family in a occupied country is a sub genre of war film, and often turns out to be just a cheaper alternative. This movie isn't quite a movie about the resistance, rather a cheap war flick about being under rule of an opposing county. The acting, script and cinematography is pretty good, but it kinda falls short in plot. Helping a downed pilot is something we have seen a few times for sure, and this one isn't any better than others. The motorcycle chase after the horse drawn carriage is kinda dumb, and too unrealistic for this type of movie that otherwise try's to take the war seriously. The uncle who works for the Germans that the kid discovers is not really a wanted twist at all, and the end where he simply holds up the gun an shoots him was the worst thing they could have done, and something that when I realized it was a possible outcome, could only hope they wouldn't take the root. But in typical movie fashion they did, and just overdoes the kid who is already made to look to much of what could be called for a lack of a better name a action hero. Many scenes were too unbelievable, and everyone's ability to speak every language was also so. Other than these negative points the movie isn't bad, just glorified too much, but as a basic movie about the home front for enjoyment level and family friendly it's a good show, just strays to far from history for my liking.
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.
February 18, 2015
Suspenseful story of a young boy desperate to play his part in fighting the Nazis during the 2nd world war. Well worth seeing.
October 13, 2014
10/13/14 StarzHD
A compelling story of family, trust, courage, occupation and deceit. This was a really good story, if at times very sad and uncomfortable. You get a good sense of the difficulty of being occupied but a human sense that not all occupiers are heartless barbarians. You certainly root for a positive outcome for the Dutch teenager and his RAF friend while feeling the sadness he has to endure at such a young life. Excellent 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 June 7, 2014
Nicely done WWII thriller in which a boy learns that people may not be what they seem.
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.
April 5, 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 19, 2012
Not the best film- very slow paced.
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