“For a Lost Soldier” is a 1992 Dutch film directed by Roeland Kerbosch. The film tells the story of Jeroen (Maarten Smit), a young boy who is sent to stay with a Canadian soldier during World War II in the Netherlands. Jeroen becomes infatuated with the soldier, Walt (Andrew Kelley), and their relationship blossoms into a love affair.
“For a Lost Soldier” is a powerful and emotional film that explores the themes of love, loss, and coming of age. The film's depiction of a same-sex relationship between a young boy and a soldier is both controversial and poignant, and it is handled with sensitivity and grace.
The performances of Maarten Smit and Andrew Kelley are exceptional, and they bring a depth and authenticity to their roles that makes the audience care deeply about their characters. The film's cinematography and score are also noteworthy, creating a haunting and melancholic atmosphere that perfectly complements the film's themes.
The film's depiction of the war and its impact on the Dutch people is also a strong point, highlighting the sacrifices and hardships endured by ordinary citizens during this tumultuous period in history.
“For a Lost Soldier” won several awards, including the Golden Calf Award for Best Feature Film and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1993 Berlin International Film Festival.
Overall, “For a Lost Soldier” is a moving and beautifully crafted film that explores complex themes with sensitivity and grace. Its exceptional performances, haunting atmosphere, and emotional depth make it a must-watch for fans of LGBTQ+ cinema and coming of age films.
|Directed by||Roeland Kerbosch|
|Produced by||Guurtje Buddenberg
Matthijs van Heijningen
|Screenplay by||Don Bloch
|Based on||Rudi van Dantzig|
Elsje de Wijn,
|Music by||Joop Stokkermans|
|Edited by||August Verschueren|
|Sigma Film Productions
|Distributed by||Concorde Pictures|
|Release date||22 May 1992 (Netherlands)|
|Running time||92 minutes|