Adaptation of the famous novel Winter in Wartime follows a fourteen-year-old boy who tries to help the Dutch resistance with youthful idealism, but is gradually confronted with the cruel reality of war.
The adaptation of Jan Terlouw's famous novel Oorlogswinter is set during the last, severe winter of World War II in a village near Zwolle. The fourteen-year-old mayor's son Michiel would love to follow the example set by his uncle Ben, who is in the resistance. When Michiel gets acquainted with an English pilot in hiding, he decides to single-handedly help the young and wounded aviator escape. Director Koolhoven presents on the one hand a thrilling adventure with wild chases and spectacular escape attempts and on the other the confusing experiences of a teenager who sees everything, but does not grasp yet what adults (in wartime) are capable of.