September 1944 - Nazi Occupied Holland. When her temporary safe house is destroyed by a bomb, the beautiful young Jewish chanteuse Rachel Steinn joins fellow refugees in an attempt to reach safe Allied territory by boat. Tragedy strikes when a Nazi patrol intercepts their escape, ruthlessly killing everybody onboard including Rachel's family; only Rachel escapes the massacre. Embittered and desperate for revenge, she joins the Resistance where, assigned a new identity as the blond Security Service by seducing senior officer Muntze (Sebastian Koch). Without warning she becomes entangled in a deadly web of double-dealing and betrayal... Twenty years in the making, this stunning, sexy war film from the internationally acclaimed blockbuster director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Total Recall, Starship Troopers) is an epic and moving tale of great courage and fierce emotion - played out against the dying explosive months of WWII.
An interesting film about the last months of WW2 seen from the Netherlands, but it could have been any occupied country in Europe, where some people decided to work with the enemy whereas others supported the resistance - and a few were on both sides. This is therefore a taut drama with different twists and surprises and not anyone is a "white" hero or a dark villain.
An interesting new twist on the WW2 drama, viewed from the perspective of the Dutch. The lead character is a Dutch Jew who narrowly escapes being murdered after a fellow Dutchman turns her family over to the Nazis. She gets involved with the Resistance and some risky missions, including becoming the mistress of a high ranking Nazi officer. As the Netherlands is liberated things get very dangerous and the betrayal and assumptions made by the Dutch, the Nazis and the British become clear. The film is unusual in that it slips into several languages, although most is in Dutch with English subtitles. I was surprised at the choice of Paul Verhoeven as director, given his usual material. There are some scenes of rather gratuitious nudity, although it is quite amusing seeing a porky Nazi officer prancing around with his todger out! A WW2 drama which is a bit different from the norm.
This is about real spying, not your zip wire stuff but more exciting. Ordinary people doing desperate things to help end the war. How far would you go to protect your family or revenge their memory? It is also about the Dutch resistance and the plot is so thick you can't pour a glass of Advocat without getting lost.