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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.
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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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... Read more
The ostensibly "tender" portrayal of a 12-year-old boy's (Jeroem) sexual relationship with a Canadian soldier (Walt) in World War II. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by S. Carter
Oh, my. What to say about this movie? It is, after all, about a young man having sex with a 12-year-old boy.
First, the easy part . . . . Read more
At the beginning of the story the boy (main character) seems to be very quiet, until he met the soldier from Canada, Walt, then he started to be more happy and during the time that... Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2003
For A Lost Soldier is my Gold Standard for Coming-of-Age films. The enduring theme here is one of love, and there is a lot of it. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by Patricio Duran