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3.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Language: Dutch, English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004RTYB
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Beautiful story of the love between a boy and an older man. If you are a believer that love can occur at a young age, this is a story that will be close to the heart. I understand he wants the affection of the elder man. Ultimately it's a story of love and loss. It seems he cannot forget this love affair he had as a prepubescent boy. I think he is very much in control over the situation of the first time he experiences sex. He bites down on the man's finger as he is entered from behind. We can experience his rapturous desire. The man gets to take away his virginity but we understand that the boy wants this.He never forgets this love for the lost soldier.
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Have wanted to see this for a couple of decades. The movie was okay for what it was and that is well covered by other reviewers. My concern was the quality of the DVD. I guess with material of such limited interest, you can't expect a manufacturer to update a product to todays standards. I watch movies on a 120 inch screen if the product is 1.85 to 1. The transfer is probably at least 16 years old, and the dvd may have been made from a 2 head vhs copy. Terribly soft, quite disappointing to say the least.
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Loosely based on a true story, the coming-of-age of a lonely Dutch boy during World War II is painful to watch at best. The city boy is sent by his mother to a farming community for a safer life (like the British Home Children) until the war ends. When his town is liberated by the Canadian Army, he meets and befriends a lonely soldier. On the surface, their relationship seems a good thing, and no-one who cares for the boy suspect anything wrong. But the soldier uses and abuses the boy sexually before moving on and out of his life. The experience affects the boy all his life. This is an extraordinary movie, thoughtfully written and very well acted (especially by Maarten Smit, who played the boy). It may challenge your value system. Like it or not, if you watch it, you will find it hard to forget.
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"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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'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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By A Customer on Oct. 21 2003
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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