Review By: Boo Allen
Winter in Wartime (***)
This exquisitely photographed Dutch film takes place in January, 1945, when World War Two neared an end, and Germans troops still occupied an increasingly fretful Holland. When an English pilot (Jamie Campbell Bower) crash lands in a nearby forest, young Michiel (Martijn Lakemeier) finds himself unwittingly caring for the injured soldier. Before long, the boy’s family also becomes unknowingly involved. Director Martin Koolhoven makes the most of the material from Jan Terlouw’s highly popular 1972 novel, with script by Paul Jan Nelissen. Koolhoven renders a beautiful yet harrowing sequences of confrontations, chases, and human dramas.
Rated R, 103 minutes. The DVD includes a 24 minute “making of” featurette.