After her hideout is bombed and with nowhere else to turn, Rachel Stein joins the resistance and goes undercover as Ellis de Vries. Working at a food plant, she gets to know local Gestapo chief Ludwig Müntze, and is instructed to seduce the rather sympathetic Nazi. In an entertaining mesh of Hollywood-techniques and European character sensibilities, the plot of Verhoeven’s original WWII vision rushes through almost 2,5 hours of twists and turns, celebrating the forgotten sacrifices by women at war in a fantastic portrayal by Carice van Houten in a role-of-a-lifetime.
Paul Verhoeven, born in Amsterdam in 1938, is a Dutch director, scriptwriter and producer. He has filmed in both the Netherlands and the US, but is perhaps best known for the American films ROBOCOP (1987), TOTAL RECALL (1990), BASIC INSTINCT (1992) and STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997). His films are among other things known for their explicit sex and violence. After first living in the Dutch city of Slikkerveer, in 1943 his family moved to the location of the German headquarters during WWII. Their house was repeatedly bombed by allied forces. He has made several films set to World War II, also now with his latest film ZWARTBOEK, which earlier this year screened in the Official Competition at the Biennale in Venice.