September 1944 - Nazi Occupied Holland. When her temporary safe house is destroyed by a bomb, the beautiful young Jewish chanteuse Rachel Steinn (Carice van Houten) 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 on-board 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...
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.
An intriguing and engrossing film with more twists than a Hitchcock thriller with excellent performances of truly believable characters
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Gritty realism plus adventure
- Black Book review by HM
Based on a true story? Well it is one heck of a story. War time resistance fighters in Holland continue to harass the Nazis during the last months of the war, but have a double agent amongst them; maybe. A Jewish girl joins the fighters and agrees to infiltrate Nazi HQ. Unexpected romance blossoms along the way amidst a plot containing corruption and betrayal on all sides.
The movie is a thriller and a slice of the underbelly of war. Action scenes are well done and realistic. Great entertainment but a reminder/education as to what some brave people got up to during wartime occupation.
I wonder if characters or incidents have been conflated to make such an action-packed war drama if this is to be a real-life episode. It shows the treachery of people of several nations. Would the victorious occupying Allied forces have allowed the Germans arms to enact a firing squad? Seems doubtful. Well, lots of action, but some sequences seemed contrived.