The Forgotten Battle Parent Guide
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Parent Movie Review
Although the Allied invasion of Normandy was successful, the Allies can’t take the fight to Germany until they secure a supply line into the Netherlands. They have seized the major Belgian port at Antwerp, but unless they control the Scheldt before it flows into the port, all ships will be at serious risk from the massive German batteries at the island of Walcheren. And although the Canadian army is pushing towards Walcheren, the Germans are determined to make them pay a high price for it.
For Teuntje Visser (Susan Radder), who lives in the area, that means a major crackdown from the occupying Nazi troops, a crackdown which threatens to take her from her brother Dirk (Ronald Kalter), who has ties to the Dutch Resistance. For British glider pilot William Sinclair (Jamie Flatters, it means being involved in a dangerous drop which will leave him behind enemy lines, caring for a wounded officer, Tony (Tom Felton), as they try to make their way to the battle. And for Marinus van Staveren (Gijs Blom), a Dutch national who signed up to fight with the Nazis, it means the ultimate test of his loyalty to his ideology, his country, and his morality. As the Canadian army pushes towards Walcheren, all three will have to decide what this war means – and what cost it will demand.
War movies have a tendency to be very combat-focused – see Saving Private Ryan, which is a remarkable overview of the D-Day invasions but is also relentlessly bloody for just about the entirety of its runtime. And while The Forgotten Battle has, believe it or not, some scenes of combat and violence, that’s by no means the lion’s share of the film. This is primarily a movie about how different people make difficult choices in impossibly demanding circumstances. I also think it does an important job bringing to light a battle which, as the title indicates, is largely overlooked in media. The Causeway was ultimately taken by the Calgary Highlanders, a regiment which still commemorate this battle every single year. I think they would be pleased to see their contribution brought to a broader audience.
The Forgotten Battle also has remarkably little profanity, especially for a war film. Of course, on the other hand, you will see people suffering terrible injuries in battle, including a man whose leg is dramatically blown off. There is also a scene depicting torture, which does not lend itself well to family viewing. But for older teens and adults, this production could serve as an interesting history lesson. With so many films made about the same parts of World War II, it’s refreshing to see a different theater of war on the screen.Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.. Starring Bijs Blom, Jamie Flatters, Susan Radder, Tom Felton. Running time: 124 minutes. Theatrical release October 15, 2021. Updated October 15, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is The Forgotten Battle rated TV-MA? The Forgotten Battle is rated TV-MA by the MPAA
Violence: Numerous people are shot, blown up, or stabbed during combat in war. A person is injured when struck by a thrown rock, and several others are run over by a truck. One character is seen being viciously tortured. Another is injured when struck across the face with a bottle. One individual is shown having a wound sutured.
Sexual Content: There are some brief non-explicit sexual references.
Profanity: There are four extreme profanities, one scatological term, and infrequent use of mild curses and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are occasionally shown drinking and smoking.
Page last updated October 15, 2021
The Forgotten Battle Parents' Guide
What actually happened at the Battle of the Walcheren Causeway? How faithfully do you think the movie portrays this battle? What were the consequences? For such an important battle, why do you think it has so little presence in the media?
The movie references General Montgomery’s “Operation Market Garden”. What was the plan for that operation? What went wrong? What succeeded? How did that operation effect future plans for the war?
Information about these battles can be found here:
Calgary Highlanders: Walcheren Causeway
Wikipedia: Operation Market Garden
Canadian War Museum: Liberation! Canada and the Netherlands 1944-1945
The Canadian Encyclopedia: Liberation of the Netherlands
The Canadian Encyclopedia: Canadian Tulip Festival
YouTube: Legion Magazine: Liberation of the Netherlands
YouTube: Veterans Affairs: The Liberation of the Netherlands
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A detailed academic look at the entirety of the war can be found in John Keegan’s The Second World War.
Related home video titles:
Operation Market Garden is shown in A Bridge Too Far. Other films about the Allied invasion of Europe include Saving Private Ryan, Big Red One, Fury, Patton, The Monuments Men, and Saints and Soldiers. Other options include Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, Enemy at the Gates, Casablanca, Hacksaw Ridge, and Thin Red Line. Films about Resistance movements in occupied Europe include Resistance, A Hidden Life, The Pianist, and Defiance. The Last Vermeer covers how collaborators were dealt with after the war.