I have recommended this movie, and lent it out to more people than any other movie I own.
Carice Van Houten gives a compelling performance in one of the best ever female lead roles, reminding me of Scarlett O Hara in Gone With the Wind. What this character goes though in this movie kept me gripped to my seat throughout. The stakes are so high, and the crap she has to put up with, smirk!
My hope is that we will see her starring in many more movies, and my regards to her boyfriend, Luke E Bastaard.
Seriously, though this movie has action, drama, heartstopping moments, heartbreaking moments, and even tender moments.
Directed by Verhoeven, of Basic Instinct, Total Recall, and Starship Trooper fame, Black Book is set in Holland near the end of the Second World War.
A former singer now a Jew in hiding, our heroine has to flee when her house is bombed, treachery and deceit lurks at every turn, and she ends up playing a Mata Hari type character, who has to insinuate herself into the affections of the local Gestapo chief, not difficult considering how attractive she is. Her discovery could mean instant death, and he seems to suspect her from the very beginning.
Ultimately, Verhoeven has created one of the greatest strong female characters in the history of cinema, gifted with tremendous survival skills. If you like the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies, I think you will love this movie. I hope this was helpful.