What is the boy to do? So he redoubles his efforts to make himself indispensable. The Germans find the body and take civilian hostages to shoot in retaliation for what they think is resistance activity. The cinematography is very nice, although the color palette is rather blue and orange. It is here that Michiel must perform his most difficult deed on his shortcut to manhood. We were viewing icy landscapes full of danger and unease through the eyes of a young teenage boy who was about to have his natural instincts of right and wrong severely tested by being in that place and time.
Who chooses good, and who chooses evil, is at the heart of the movie. Mikiel is a typical boy of his age: active, curious, and just at the point where his interest is beginning to shift from model airplanes to girls. His movie version is finely paced, entertaining, thoughtful, and visually captivating, propelled by sinewy plotting that moves its spare but appealing characters across the inscrutable bleak landscape toward an uncertain future lit only by hope. Part of what's great about his performance is that while it is a coming of age story, it doesn't over exaggerate the transition. Jack tells Michiel to trust no one, leaving Michiel to decide who to trust and what to do next. Koolhoven makes choices that constantly undermine the film's realism such as Michiel running in slow motion towards a firing squad to try and prevent an execution and a lush musical background of soaring violins that does not seem appropriate to the circumstances. Michiel's uncle, Oom Ben, is in the Dutch resistance.
Some of the acting seems a little stiff and the film could use more tension but I would recommend it and give it an 8. He is forced to make adult choices, but he still behaves in many ways as a child, as with his pouting reaction to his sister's relationship with Jack. As another poster remarked, this film has a strong 'storybook' feel to it, and it's no coincidence that it's based on a novel for older children. When the brother is captured and the intended recipient is killed resisting arrest, Mikiel opens the letter, follows it, and finds a British airman from the bomber being hidden in a dugout in the woods with a wounded leg. Young Jack just knows that something's not right. Not really since occasionally some of them were not bad. And the moron Germans fail to connect bicycle tracks to a hideaway.
Director Martin Koolhoven is less surreal and provocative in his vision, but no less focused on the interplay between human foibles and heroism. With all the moral certainty of a 13 year old, he detests his father, who must deal with them every day. Most importantly, he learns that life is not always as clear cut as we may like. In Dutch and German and English with English subtitles. . I don't know, the movie always seemed a bit too low-budget and narrow with its story, characters and settings and overdone with its drama and action.
The story is one of the most famous books in The Netherlands, and Martin Koolhoven did a great job on making it to a movie. The only cast member American audiences may recognize is Jamie Campbell Bower as Jack. To add more tension, Michiel recruits his sister Erica Melody Klaver , a nurse, to care for the wounded flier, a meeting that develops into a personal relationship. The performances of Martijn Lakemeijer Michiel and Jamie Campbell Bower Jack really stand out. The movie is musical to, some musics are perfect and i hear it in the right moment of the movie. The rest of the cast members also do good work but it is this central role that makes the movie memorable.
The plan will be to eventually smuggle the pilot to another town, 40 kilometers away, where he can catch the underground railroad back to England. Though they will learn little about the full extent of Nazi brutality, the film should appeal to students seeking to better understand historical events they have only read about in history texts. It also features some big and well known names in it, most notably Yorick van Wageningen. As the harsh realities of war encroach on his innocence, Michiel faces terrible ordeals and moral dilemmas. The letter leads leads him to a wounded English pilot, Jack Jamie Campbell Bower , hiding in a bunker in the middle of the forest.
Jack wants to turn himself in to save Michiel's father, but Ben tells Michiel he Ben can save his father. Without giving anything away, I can say that Mikiel's father, his uncle, the pro-Nazi neighbor and the boy himself all turn out to have various qualities that he hasn't imagined. Most Dutch film-makers really don't know how to handle action but luckily Martin Koolhoven isn't a director who suffers from this and he also really got almost all of the other stuff right as well. So it's a welcome twist when the seemingly heroic Uncle Ben morphs into the dastardly friend of the Nazis and must be disposed of by Michiel, who is forced to shoot his Uncle upon threat that he'll be turned into the Nazis by his own flesh and blood. Martijn Lakemeier does an astonishing job as Michiel.
Michiel decides to take action, but without knowing who to trust. Sony Pictures Classics I wished teens watched this movie instead most of crap they normally watch, it shows the best side of being a teenager, courage, idealism and heart. Remember that a living pilot would be of greater use to the Germans for the intelligence that they may get from him. Had this been done, Winter in Wartime could possibly have approached being a classic. This makes for perhaps a more realistic film, but also a slightly less exciting one. Other film festivals where Winter in Wartime was shown include the South Korean Pusan International Film Festival, the Rome Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and three Canadian European Union Film Festivals.
Uncle Ben has kept his German sympathies a secret from his brother the mayor. It is also well acted, generating much sympathy for its young hero. As the film moves to an unpredictable climax, it becomes challenging for Michiel to fully grasp where people's loyalties really lie, and this lesson is learned the hard way as part of his maturing process. What the movie also does well is appealing to both a younger and older crowd. Tense, yet restrained movie about a boy who discovers that war is more than just an exciting adventure. Notably, the filmmaker turns the Jewish people into a secret.
It fires thoughts of romantic adventure with the Resistance, like he imagines his older friend Theo and his uncle Ben have. The whole movie is extremely moving and gripping, it kept me on edge of my seat the whole time. Pretty much on this film is for the very good grade: camera, which is pure 10, acting and the story. And then just when you thought you knew how it would all turn out, there was a real volte-face when a supposed goodie turned out to be the arch baddie of the piece. The wound gets infected, Jack is too feverish to travel, and Mikiel has to bring his sister out to the woods and let her in on the secret. To complicate things, Michiel's father is the local mayor--and a man who has long tried to appease his Nazi overlords. The story brings the convincing picture of the kid during the time of war.