Nazi-occupied Holland, 1945. In a snow-covered village, thirteen-year-old MICHIEL (Martijn Lakemeier) is drawn into the Resistance when he aids a wounded British paratrooper. Michiels boyish sense of defiance and adventure soon turns to danger and desperation, as Michiel is forced to act without knowing whom to trust among the adults and townspeople around him. The wartime harsh reality encroaches on childhood innocence as Michiel confronts good and evil, courage and duplicity, and his own burden of responsibility.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The movie immerses you in the consciousness of a restless boy desperate for initiation into the rest of his life.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 03.17.2011
Dutch helmer Martin Koolhoven finds the perfect blend of classical cinema and arthouse sensitivities.Boyd van Hoeij, Variety, 03.15.2011
Koolhoven elicits strong performances in the handsomely photographed feature but fails to sustain tension, creating a work that's smooth and reassuring, never truly gripping.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 03.17.2011
Koolhoven's philosophical probing of human limitation among the good guys is all but overwhelmed by his commercial instincts and undeniable skill at juggling realism with genre.Ella Taylor, Village Voice, 03.15.2011