Who would have made a connection between a film about a childhood interrupted by the last days of Nazi occupation of Holland with Sergio Corbucci’s spaghetti western The Great Silence (1968). Well, director Martin Koolhoven did and that is what you get with Oorgloswinter.
The film starts with a British pilot crashing in a small town. A kid sees it and takes the pilot as his own childlike friend/contribution to the resistance. A lot of snow, a bit of spaghetti western style cinematography, and a very conventional and predictable ending. There is a twist at the end, but it doesn’t really add anything to the story. You can have a good time with it, but don’t expect anything special. The fact that it made it to the short list for Best Foreign Film means that cinema outside the United States is in a sad state.
The only thing to gather here is that there were collaborators working from inside the Resistance for the Nazis.