Zozo
10,000 BC

Zwartboek (2006)
Drama,Thriller,War
Dutch
"To fight the enemy, she must become one of them."
In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.
Carice van Houten Rachel Stein / Ellis de Vries
Sebastian Koch Ludwig Müntze
Thom Hoffman Hans Akkermans
Halina Reijn Ronnie
Waldemar Kobus Günther Franken
Derek de Lint Gerben Kuipers
Christian Berkel General Käutner
Dolf de Vries Notary Wim Smaal
Peter Blok Van Gein
Michiel Huisman Rob
Ronald Armbrust Tim Kuipers
Frank Lammers Kees
Matthias Schoenaerts Joop
Johnny de Mol Theo
Xander Straat Maarten
Diana Dobbelman Mrs. Smaal
Rixt Leddy Anny
Lidewij Mahler Linda
Pieter Tiddens Herman
Gijs Naber Cas
Dirk Zeelenberg Siem
Michiel de Jong David
Jobst Schnibbe Driver Müntze
Boris Saran Joseph
Jack Vecht Mr. Stein
Jacqueline Blom Mrs. Stein
Seth Kamphuijs Brother Max
Herman Boerman Skipper Willi
Skip Goeree Ronnie's Husband
Bert Luppes Mr. Tjepkema
Marisa Van Eyle Mrs. Tjepkema
Heleen Mineur Stientje Tjepkema
Bas van der Horst Jantje Tjepkema
Foeke Kolff Children Tjepkema
Merel van Houts Children Tjepkema
Charlotte Rinnooy Kan Children Tjepkema
Maaike Kempeneers Children Tjepkema
Janni Goslinga Lady in Fur Coat
Wimie Wilhelm Female Prison Guard
Theo Maassen Prison Guard with Baret
Tjebbo Gerritsma Prison Guard with Accordion
Timothy Deenihan Canadian Colonel
Nolan Hemmings Captain British Intelligence
Garrick Hagon British General
Ronald de Bruin Dutch SD in Train #1
Menno Van Beekum Dutch SD in Train #2
Marcel Musters Henk
Hugo Metsers Shock Trooper
Rian Gerritsen Drunken Woman in Prison #1
Susan Visser Drunken Woman in Prison #2
Maiko Kemper Siegfried
Carsten Sasse German Sentry
Liza de Weerd Receptionist
Willem de Wolf Property Man
Oded Menashe Husband of Rachel Rosenthal-Steinn
Roni Yedid Daughter of Rachel Rosenthal-Steinn
Tomer Agami Son of Rachel Rosenthal-Steinn
Gabriela Lewis Tour Guide
Johan van Antwerpen German soldier
Reinier Bulder Farmer (uncredited)
Emiel Jansen Miscellaneous (voice) (uncredited)
Patrick Kerkhof German chauffeur (uncredited)
Erwin Koremans SS Guard (uncredited)
Bernard L. Montgomery Himself - on radio (uncredited) (archive sound)
Producer: Jeroen Beker,Teun Hilte,San Fu Maltha,Jens Meurer,Jos van der Linden,Frans van Gestel
Writer: Gerard Soeteman,Paul Verhoeven
Definitely worth seeing
I saw this film last night at the Toronto International Film Festival and enjoyed it quite a bit. I wouldn't describe it as excellent, but it's definitely entertaining, and my interest never waned despite the nearly 2.5 hour length.

The film concerns one young Jewish woman's attempt to stay alive during WWII by any means necessary. Through a series of allegiances which shift with dizzying speed, she does whatever she has to do to survive.

Without giving away any plot details, I'll briefly describe my impressions of the film. The lead actress was great - not only is she stunningly beautiful, but she completely made the movie for me. She's very easy on the eyes, and proves to be a remarkable actress, completely believable and sympathetic.

The plot moved along swiftly and never lost momentum, although the ever-shifting loyalties and allegiances became overwhelming after a while. Having said that however, the plot did seem a bit predictable and obvious to me, a sort of paint-by-numbers approach to script writing. I didn't find it very suspenseful, although our heroine is such a sympathetic character that I found myself rooting for her throughout, wondering how she'd make it through (since the film is one long flashback, one already knows she'll make it).

For a European film it was surprisingly Hollywoodesque, with lots of gratuitous violence and nudity - although I didn't mind the nudity. There were a few scenes which seemed particularly gratuitous and unnecessary: two words - "shit bucket". But luckily these didn't distract too much from the plot.

All in all it was an above average movie and well worth seeing if you're a fan of WWII films and don't mind watching a beautiful young woman light up the screen for two hours or so.

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Movie
Imdb rating: 8.0
Musician: Anne Dudley
Running time: 145 min
Technical
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
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