Review: For A Lost Soldier (1992)

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For a Lost Soldier is a 1992 Dutch film based on the autobiographical novel by ballet dancer and choreographer Rudi Van Dantzig. It is a tender story of the bond between Jeroem (Maarten Smit,) a young boy from Amsterdam during the World War 2 and a Canadian soldier named Walt (Andrew Kelley) who helped liberate the Nazi-invaded country.

Since the arrival of the Canadian troops, Jeroem found himself somewhat attracted to the young soldier and the latter have also shown interest to the young boy. Jeroem according to Walt is so “fucking special” and both found themselves always together and even had a subtle, sweet sexual relationship. The film was actually quite engrossing even if it’s 80% in Dutch.

The scenes between the boy and the soldier were quite romantic (despite the pedophilia an all)  and a bit melancholic that I find myself dreading each scene  because I was afraid for them. It’s just too bad that the ending was anti-climactic and it’s somehow a tad confusing. Nevertheless, it was a worthwhile film to watch even if it lacks story development towards the end.

Rating: 8/10
Director: Roeland Kerbosch
Starring: Maarten Smit, Jeroen Krabbé, Andrew Kelley, Freark Smink, Elsje de Wijn
On DVD

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