The Windermere Children (2020)


“The camps taught them survival at any cost.”- Leonard Montifoire

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Following the end of World War II, a small town in England welcomed nearly 400 Jewish teenage refugees who lost everything during the war.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I came across and was immediately intrigued by the premise which deals with how refugees from World War II dealt with finding a way to reintegrate themselves into society following the end of the war.

This is such a powerful and poignant film that works on so many levels.

It allows the viewer to get a clear understanding of the various hardships that these people experienced once they were forced to rejoin society after losing just about everything they had in the world.

The story unfolds in a great way that helps establish the challenging aspects of life that these young men and women needed to face following the tragedies that they experienced.

Their mistrust of strangers made things even more difficult for them to find a way to rehabilitate their lives and rejoin society.

The film has a cast of unknown actors which helps make these faceless refuges come to life as they learn new ways to find their place in the word.

This is a movie that has some really poignant scenes that allow us to see how these teenagers were able to work together in forging new friendships that assisted them in overcoming their various traumas which in turns helped them become a part of society once again.

The fact that this is based on a true story makes things even more powerful and impactful to watch unfold.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that really allows the viewer to feel the various hard ships thrust upon these young refugees who had nothing left in the world. The way that the story unfolds works really well in establishing the way that these young men and women needed to learn to trust the strangers around them into helping to rehabilitate them enough to survive in modern society. The cast of unknowns works really well in showing the way that these refugees became faceless kids who needed to learn how to find their own ways in the world. The film is filled with some very poignant scenes that show the way that these teenagers worked together in order to find a way to overcome their trauma and become very relevant parts of society. The fact that this is based on a true story helps make things even more impactful along the way.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The German documentary series ZDF history portrayed several of the one-time children. One of them is Bela, the “leader” of the bunch of three-year-olds who arrived at Windermere completely bewildered and totally speechless. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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