"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.
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.