John Boorman is now pretty much forgotten but I think it is a pretty good director with an impressive career spreading from the 60's until the 2000's. This flick is now also pretty much forgotten but it is actually a shame since it may be his best directing effort. Indeed, it is a very well made WWII feature partially based on his own youth. In Europe, the United Kingdom was one of the few countries which wasn't occupied by the Germans so the British never dealt with the SS, the Gestapo, the deportations, the double-crossings... On the other hand, they also had a tremendous lack of food and they were continuously bombed for maybe 4 years. However, it may sounds strange, but many people felt it was some of the best time in England because there was back then a great sense of solidarity and community, something that didn't exist before and vanished pretty quickly as soon as soon as the war was over. This movie shows all this through the eyes of a young boy and I thought it was really touching and fascinating to behold. You even get such peculiar scenes like when the children don't have to go to school because of a bombing and you see the children cheering and thanking Adolf Hitler for this. To conclude, I thought it was a very well made WWII drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.