Winter in Wartime
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Nazi-occupied Holland, 1945. In a snow-covered village, thirteen-year-old MICHIEL (Martijn Lakemeier) is drawn into the Resistance when he aids a wounded British paratrooper. Michiel's boyish sense of defiance and adventure soon turns to danger and desperation, as Michiel is forced to act without knowing whom to trust among the adults and townspeople around him. Wartime's harsh reality encroaches on childhood innocence as Michiel confronts good and evil, courage and duplicity, and his own burden of responsibility. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Writer-director Martin Koolhoven hits just the right balance of domesticity and oppression here, setting up the film's tense second half with sweet early touches of naivete."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Director Martin Koolhoven's film about one boy's struggle to make sense of the absurd - of the inhumanity of war and its effects on everyone around him."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"...there's a lack of momentum here that prevents the viewer from connecting to the material on a frustratingly continuous basis..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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."
‑ Eric Melin,
"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."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It's got a grown-up artfulness, but "Winter in Wartime" could become a lot of boys' favorite movie."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Winter in Wartime benefits from top-notch production values and a sturdy performance from its young lead, Martijn Lakemeier."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A child-witness-to-war movie gets lost in a convention-driven screenplay"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"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."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"...a naive story that has some of the dreamy qualities of a remembered myth"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"What makes "Winter" really special is its complex exploration of the theme of heroism."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"If you've seen one slow-motion "Noooooooo!" as a firing squad lets loose, you've seen 'em all."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"... strong and natural performances ..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"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."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
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