Synopsis: Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Martin Koolhoven
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  10 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

Winter in Wartime

Holland, January 1945

Theo, Theo...


You turn right!

Herr van Beusekom.

Herr van Beusekom.

Herr Auer, how are you?

- Fine. Please sit down.

We found this boy

near the crashed plane.

I expect better manners

from a mayor's son.

You're right. It won't happen again.



He wasn't alone.

Who was the other boy?

He says he was on his own.

You shouldn't upset the Germans now.

I'm supposed to suck up to them too?




What's that?

- It was in the plane.

Did you say anything?



You have to help Dad.

I'm so glad you're here.

You had to go?

- Yes, raids for the work camps.

How are you, Michiel?

- Fine.

Can he sleep in my room?

- I don't know if Uncle Ben wants to.

Can I put this in the attic?

I'll do that.

(resistance paper)

How is school?

- It's closed.

The law of the what?

The lair of the beast.

The lion's den.

No, I can't help you.

You know where they are.

You can't ask me that.

I bring a case of ration cards and

you want them thrown in the river?

You let your own people starve

because you have to be neutral!



Can you help me?

No time. I have to go to Caesar.

Hi Dirk.

- Hi.

Can I have a word?

- No time, he has to go to Caesar.


Thanks for keeping

your mouth shut yesterday.

Did you get in trouble?

- No, not much.

Can you deliver this if I'm not back tonight?

- Why shouldn't you be back?

If I don't, take this letter

to Bertus van Gelder.

You can do that.

- Not if it goes wrong.

What are you going to do?

Swear not to tell anyone.

No one.

We're taking out the ammunition depot

at Lagezande.

One, two...

Let's try it.

May I?

What is it?

- Soup! Can't you taste it?

Watch out or I'll shop you

to the Germans.


Come with your mother.





Let me look.

Now it's my turn.

Why do they want the neighbours?

You laugh with the Germans.


Wasn't Dirk here today?

Did he say anything?


He took part in a raid.

The Germans were waiting for them.

Two dead and Dirk's been arrested.



No, he didn't say anything.

What a fuss.

Theo's your best friend, isn't he?

And do you know his brother Dirk well?

It was pretty tough, wasn't it?

You know what will happen

to him now?

If I notice you getting involved in the war,

I'll knock your head off.


Hey, Bertus.

I have something for you.

Dirk Knopper came yesterday...

Ah, Michiel.

Caesar need a new horseshoe,

right front.

End of the afternoon.

- Can't you do it earlier?

End of the afternoon. Schafter was first.


You heard about Dirk?

- He's been arrested?

I have to stay with Grandma.

Mum thinks it's too dangerous.

You're lucky with your dad.

They won't harm you.

Dagdaler Woods. Old hunting cabin.

He's been arrested.

When I come back, I'll whistle this.

No, Bertus just ran away.

That was stupid.

If you run, they're allowed to shoot you?

- I mean he didn't have a chance.

What shall we do?

We can't just let this happen?

Who's in the resistance here?

- Not again, Ben. I can't help.

You don't want to.

You'd rather talk to Krauts.

I want everyone to survive the war safe.

If you know how, go ahead.

But not in my village.

"Your" village?

You have no power.

You proved that today.


Where did you come from?

Where did you get that?

Rule one in wartime:

keep your mouth shut.

Not hungry?

- It's German. It might be poisoned.

Uncle Ben.

The Germans at the ferry

drink tea every day at 3 o'clock.

An acquaintance has to cross tomorrow.

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