TO FIGHT THE ENEMY, SHE MUST BECOME ONE OF THEM.
In 1944, a Jewish woman (Carice van Houten) joins the Dutch resistance and seduces a well-connected SS officer (Sebastian Koch)… but the plan goes awry. Director Paul Verhoeven returned to his native country and made the movie of his dreams. The story was not based on actual events, but heavily inspired by what happened during the occupation and features the kind of bloodletting and sex that has made Verhoeven famous. Engaging, good-looking and has a strong performance by van Houten as the struggling heroine, but the movie never becomes the knock-out WWII drama the filmmakers were aspiring to make.
2006-The Netherlands-Britain-Germany-Belgium. 145 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Screenplay: Paul Verhoeven, Gerard Soeteman. Cast: Carice van Houten (Rachel Stein/Ellis de Vries), Sebastian Koch (Ludwig Müntze), Thom Hoffman (Hans Akkermans), Halina Reijn, Waldemar Kobus, Derek de Lint… Matthias Schoenaerts.
Trivia: Original title: Zwartboek.