• Zwartboek (2007)


Release Date: April 4th, 2007

R |2 hr 24 min

Plot Summary

After narrowly escaping death, young Rachel Rosenthal (Carice van Houten) becomes part of the Jewish resistance, assuming the name Ellis de Vries. Her superiors order her to seduce a Gestapo officer named Ludwig (Sebastian Koch). Ellis is successful in her mission but soon finds herself falling in love with her mortal enemy.

Cast: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn, Waldemar Kobus, Derek de Lint, Christian Berkel, Dolf de Vries

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Genres: Historical drama , War , Thriller

Production Co: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, VIP 4 Medienfonds, Egoli Tossell Film, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, uFilm, CoBo Fund, Studio Babelsberg, Umedia, Motion Investment Group

Keywords: 1950s, Escape, Suspenseful, 1940s, Revenge, Death, Rescue

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    It succeeds on almost all fronts. The epic film is a high-octane adventure rooted in fact with a raft of arresting characters, big action sequences and twists and turns galore. show more

  • 100
    Glenn KennyPremiere

    Black Book is Verhoeven's best film since "RoboCop": audacious, smart, shamelessly entertaining. show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Just for starters, no movie about the Dutch Resistance during World War II has any right to be this wildly entertaining, not to mention this provocative and potently erotic. show more

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Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)