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5.0 out of 5 stars Touchy Subject matter that is well handled.... Oct. 18 2002
Format:DVD
"Voor Een Verloren Soldaat" (For a Lost Soldier) is about a refugee boy sent from Amsterdam by his mom for safekeeping to a farm family in northern Netherlands. This is the story of Jeroen who is a dancer. The area is liberated by Canadian troops, and a Canadian soldier and the boy develop a friendship.
It's an auto-biographical work by the Dutch director, Jeroen Krabbe. Film critics from major daily newspapers reviewed it, and the film had only a limited American release, perhaps because of the controversial nature of the film.
He recalls his first homoerotic friendship in a series of flash backs. The flashbacks take place in the Netherlands at almost the end of W.W.II. The Allies arrive and Jeroen and Walt meet and enter into a relationship between a man and a boy. The subject is handled with a openness and truth which could never be handled as subject matter in most countries
Part of this film is in Dutch, with English subtitles, however, a good part of this movie is in English with no subtitles.
Again, this is a touchy subject matter that is handled very well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shattered Realities Jan. 18 2004
Format:DVD
'For A Lost Soldier' is one film which I have watched several times! It deals with a volatile topic, the story of a very young boy who finds love in the arms of a young Canadian soldier in World War II. Since the story is based on an autobiographical book, it is not the whimsy of a script writer but rather a glimpse into one man's childhood memories. The director took some liberties with the book, both in the introduction and again at the end, but otherwise stayed fairly true to the story. The movie challenges one's ideas regarding consensual sexual relationships which involve an adult and a minor. If anyone was seduced in the film, it was the soldier. The boy is in control and very aware of what it is that he wants from the soldier at all times. The event happened during the liberation of Holland and the liberation theme is tied closely to the young boy's own special liberation. The film also gives a vastly different view of life in Holland under German occupation. While 'The Hiding Place' portrays the horrors of Nazi power in a large city, this film shows what life was like in a remote village. The boy's ration card, so carefully guarded at home, is not even recognized by his 'adoptive' family. They appear to eat well and the village is only guarded by two German soldiers. The soldiers are so bored, they attend the local church service on Sundays, even though the minister is raining down hellfire and brimstone on the German forces in his sermons. One movie with two new concepts to explore, make the film a basic to any good collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but overrated Oct. 21 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
There's nothing wrong with this movie in terms of cinematics, acting, directing, and quality of writing. It is sincere, character-driven and real. A caveat: To appreciate it at all you have to put aside the conviction that a relationship between a man and a boy is always wrong.
Those things said, there is nothing particularly excellent about this movie. It is touching, nostalgic, and truthful, but it is none of these things to the point of truly affecting your heart. Part of the reason is that it's too short, another part is that the ambiance (editing/music/so forth) are not very well done, and another part may be simply that I had read so many extremely complimentary reviews that my expectations were just too high.
It's a nice movie... but don't expect a masterpiece.
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2.0 out of 5 stars On Exploitation March 21 2004
By Atro Up
Format:DVD
I've thought very hard about this movie after reading these reviews.
I couldn't, and no matter how hard I try, can't distinguish the soldier's behaviour towards the boy from pure self-gratification - an exercise in narcissism, projected from 1st person to 3rd.
The boy's regard for the soldier, I suspect would be entirely familiar to any boy who ever had a crush on an adult.
but Love?
I found it a thought provoking movie, because it used the cinematic conventions of a love story to tell a story about neediness. Sure, neediness is necessary to love, but sufficient? Hardly.
I don't have a problem with a movie portraying sexual exploitation, but felt uneasy that the treatment here skirted perilously close to sanctification and propagandisation. It was certainly not 'portrayal' in any way I could make sense of.
It has an uneasy resonance, for me, with a strong tendency in the community of men who exploit boys: they mistake the undoubted readiness of certain boys to form attachments, and their curiosity about sexual development, for love and/or sexual desire. I believe this impression is largely formed and reinforced by powerful expressions, like this movie. The problem is that such expressions almost certainly represent the wishful thinking of adults, rather than the authentic experience of kids.
Even when the story is autobiographical, as I believe this to be*, it makes sense to me that the dishonesty could represent a sexualised variation on the self-replicating damage we see in schools and military institutions, where each incoming group "grows up" from being exploited and abused to perpetrate the same on the next intake. There's some sort of "empathy bypass" which seems to be inherent to the mechanism.
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