For a Lost Soldier (film)
- For information regarding the book For a Lost Soldier by Rudi van Dantzig, See For a Lost Soldier (Book).
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|MPAA Rating (USA):||NR|
|Starring:|| Maarten Smit|
For a Lost Soldier (1992), (Dutch title: Voor een verloren soldaat} is a ground braking Boylove film based on the autobiography of Rudi van Danzi. Set in the Netherlands near the end of WWII a romantic (and sexual) relationship forms between a Canadian solder and a young Dutch boy.
12 year old Jeroen (Maarten Smit) and his AF, Walt, (Andrew Kelley) do not share a common Language. Jeroen can speak only a few words of English and Walt can't manage a word of Dutch. But oddly enough this seems to be an advantage rather than a handicap. Their feelings for each other are acted out in a very profound manner.
One of the most memorable interactions comes early in their relationship. Jeroen, walking along a road, is picked up by Walt who drives by in his jeep. At first Jeroen resists climbing into the jeep but his reluctance is a game. The boy is playing "hard-to-get". But soon Jeroen is seated next to Walt and as they drive along Walt feeds the boy chocolate placing the candy directly into the boy's open mouth.
But Walt doesn't know how lucky he is. At one point he says to the uncomprehending boy, "The Army has made me a man. It just hasn't made me a very happy man."
Jeroen (Jeroen Krabbé) reminisces about the time in 1944 when he (Maarten Smit) and other boys were sent to the countryside by their parents to escape the war. The city suffers from food shortages, with more food available in the country. He stays with an eel fisher's family, but despite the abundance of food, he is plagued by homesickness. Jeroen and his friend Jan go to the ocean and see an American plane in the water; Jan tries to go under but claims there are too many eels and comes up with a big cut on his upper right thigh.
Things change when the village is liberated by Canadian troops. Jeroen meets Walt Cook (Andrew Kelley), a Canadian soldier in his early 20s, who befriends him. Jeroen revels in the attention the soldier showers on him, at first treating him like a little brother but eventually their relationship becomes sexual.
After a few more days, Walt's troop are ordered to move and Walt leaves without saying goodbye to Jeroen. Jeroen hears about it from his foster sisters that they are leaving and he rushes to the soldiers home, but finds that they have already left. Jeroen is lying awake in his bed and notices that the scarecrow that posed as Walt when his foster family took pictures, and races outside to get it but when he touches it his hand is badly hurt and his taken inside by his foster dad. The next morning his hosted dad is burning the scarecrow and notices the sunglasses that Walt left on the wire. Jeroen is heartbroken, having only a photo to remind him of the soldier which turns out to be ruined in the rain. After the war is over, he returns to his family back in Amsterdam, where he decides to go to America later in his life.
The film ends with grown-up Jeroen affectionately recalling the story and trying to express it as a ballet dance. While rehearsing the dance, his assistant hands him an envelope. He opens the envelope to find an enlargement of the only photo of him and the foster family and also a further enlargement of the soldier's dog tag with his identification. He realizes that he can now find his lost soldier after all this time.