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Winter in Wartime

Michiel (Lakemeier), a 13-year-old in Nazi-occupied Holland, passes the days by playing in the charred wreckage of a downed British warplane. But when he discovers a wounded paratrooper (Bower) hiding in the woods, he hatches an exit strategy---even as his dad (Thiry), the town mayor, befriends the enemy in order to protect the locals. Coming of age behind enemy lines in WWII: Teen angst has rarely seemed so geopolitical. Blotting out broader hardships to underscore a single youngster's paternal-patriotic anxieties might feel like burying the lead, but director Martin Koolhoven's straightforward sentimentality strikes a nice balance, offering a fresh twist on a familiar fog-of-war story.

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Rated: R
Release date: Friday March 18 2011
Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Martin Koolhoven
Cast: Martijn Lakemeier
Yorick Van Wageningen
Jamie Campbell Bower
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