In 1945, teenage Michiel (Martijn Lakemeier, in his acting debut) is intrigued by the Dutch Resistance movement to Nazi occupation going on almost literally in his own backyard. He rides his bike alongside marching, jackbooted soldiers as if its standard operating procedure for a child to do. But when a British plane crashes spectacularly in the forest, Michiel crosses the line from outside observer to active participant.
Investigating the site of the downed aircraft, he meets Jack (Jamie Campbell Bower, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), its injured pilot, hiding and suffering. Perhaps because Jack is a mere few years older, Michiel befriends and aids the wounded soldier. At first, its just about bringing him food to stay alive. Later, its about plotting an escape before the German troops find him, which could result in both of their deaths.
Released in its native land in 2008, Winter in Wartime makes its Oklahoma debut Friday, playing exclusively at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24. Writer/director Martin Koolhovens movie was the Netherlands official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, although it failed to receive a nomination among the fated five.
Its a tense, if not intense, drama-cum-thriller thats not your average coming-of-age tale, as Michiel gets so far in over his head, shades of the current Hanna make a third-act appearance.
True to its title, Winter is most memorable for its look; the picture is bathed in blues so icy, viewers will feel its chill.