2 hours, 25 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
some strong violence, graphic nudity, sexuality and language" and would be acceptable for older
DVD Features: Making of Black Book featurette; Commentary with director Paul Verhoeven
Carice van Houten ... Rachel/Ellis
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 Smaal
Peter Blok ... Van Gein
Michiel Huisman ... Rob
Ronald Armbrust ... Tim Kuipers
During the final years of the Second World War a beautiful and popular German singer Rachel Stein (Carice Van Houten) takes refuge in a "safe" house in rural Holland with a brave Christian family. They teach her about Jesus so that she can fool the Germans. Rachel has been waiting out the war like many Jews in Europe, separated from her family and in constant fear of being caught by the Gestapo. Her temporary "safe" house is destroyed by an Allied bomber under fire by a German fighter and Rachel finds herself alone with Rob (Michel Huisman), a sympathetic young man, who promises to help her to safety. The next morning, Rob takes Rachel to a contact in town, who she hopes will help her escape into Allied territory.
They arrive at the home of Mr. Smaal (Dolf de Vries) and his wife (Diana Dobbleman), a compassionate lawyer who has worked secretly to help Jews escape from Holland. Reluctantly, Mr. Smaal arranges for Rachel to join her family and cross enemy lines, marking her name and rendez-vous point in a little black leather notebook. But during the dangerous crossing, the boat is ambushed by German troops. The Nazis ruthlessly kill the boats' passengers and only Rachel narrowly escapes by jumping overboard.
The next morning, Rachel is rescued by Gerben Kuipers, one of the leaders of the Dutch resistance. A kind and generous man, Kuipers offers Rachel a job and a safe place to stay. But embittered by the memory of the ruthless murder of her family, Rachel decides to become a resistance fighter to seek revenge against the Germans. She becomes the "girlfriend" of Ludwig Müntze (Sebastian Koch "The Lives of Others"), the "good" Nazi in the story. She sleeps with him and does whatever is necessary to stay alive and help the Resistance.
"Black Book" directed by Paul Verhoeven ("Basic Instinct") is the first film he's made in six years, and the first he's directed in Holland since 1983. It is a long film, but it is so jam-packed with action and thrills that you'll only wish that it were longer.