Films like this, that look at the horrors of war, from the POV of a child are truly the most riveting of them all. What makes this film stand out from the others is that at the Golden Globes in 1987, this beat more popular films like Moonstruck, Broadcast News, Baby Boom, and Dirty Dancing to win Best Comedy/Musical, and you want to know something? They got it right that year. It was the best.
A charming tale...and that scene at the end where the schoolchildren are celebrating the bombing of their school is hilarious, reinforcing how children try to cope with such horrible catastrophes as war.