Winter in Wartime

Out next Monday 31 May, Winter in Wartime comes across as a deceptively simple film; you know where you are with Nazis the oppressed people of Holland and the odd collaborator. But what emerges is coming of age film as the protagonist, Michiel, discovers that all is not so black and white.

Some reviewers have been less than generous, but while it’s true there are no particularly great surprises, I felt it was well made and well paced. The film very much depends on Martijn Lakemeier’s Michiel and fortunately he makes for a convincing fourteen year-old slowly robbed of his naivety.

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