Winter in Wartime: movie review
'Winter in Wartime' takes a boy's-eye view of World War II in Europe and the dangers he encounters when he helps a downed RAF pilot.
Helping to shelter a downed RAF pilot, and increasingly at odds with his father (Raymond Thiry), the town mayor, Michiel feels much closer to his Resistance-allied uncle (Yorick van Wageningen) and looks upon wartime as a particularly heady escapade.
The director, Martin Koolhoven, does a decent job of framing the story from Michielâ€™s prespective while, at the same time, allowing us to see beyond it. (The boyâ€™s resentment of his fatherâ€™s reconciliations with the Nazis, for example, betrays his naivetĂ© of what one must do to survive.) Nothing in this film approaches the boyâ€™s-eye view of war that, say, John Boorman achieved in â€śHope and Glory,â€ť but itâ€™s an affecting, if somewhat flavorless, journey. Grade: B (Rated R for some language.)