Winter in Wartime Reviews

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January 10, 2013
A most involving and touching coming of age tale set in a time and place when childhood was a luxury few families or nations could afford.
September 9, 2011
Shot beautifully and it evokes its setting well, but sometimes the movie relies a little too much on plot trickery and not enough on the emotional state of its main character.
July 29, 2011
Spielbergian touches...a good enough mainstream drama, but one can't help but feel it's a missed opportunity to give Terlouw a more textured treatment.
July 23, 2011
... strong and natural performances ...
July 11, 2011
Sometimes familiarity is a good thing, and Koolhoven combines two familiar kinds of stories - the resistance drama and the coming-of-age drama - in a compelling way.
June 1, 2011
...a naive story that has some of the dreamy qualities of a remembered myth
May 27, 2011
The acting is superb, with Lakemeier the anchor surrounded by a talented ensemble. The soundtrack is effective in ratcheting up the suspense. Other strengths are the cinematography, sound and production design.
May 27, 2011
Director Martin Koolhoven, adapting Jan Terlouw's 1972 novel, maintains the constant tension of a world where every stray word or glance could lead to tragedy.
May 27, 2011
This is an often emotionally harrowing depiction of a young idealist running smack into the brutal reality of occupied life.
May 20, 2011
Visually unremarkable, and worse than that when Koolhoven tries too hard: During a dramatic execution scene, the film shifts to slow-motion and the soundtrack becomes awash in angelic, choral harmonies; the effect is kitschy and bathetic.
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