A relentlessly gripping thriller about the Dutch underground, "Black Book" is set in the early fall of 1944. The film marks master director Paul Verhoeven's return to his native Netherlands after a stellar run of unforgettable films in Hollywood ("Basic Instinct," "Starship Troopers"). Revisiting the action filled World War II subject matter of his 1977 Dutch drama "Soldier of Orange," "Black Book" is based on true events that span nearly a year around Rachel Stein (Carice van Houten) a young, pretty Jewish woman who falls for a high-ranking Gestapo officer (Sebastian Koch) while seeking revenge for her family's murders. Starring some of the Netherlands' most impressive and famous actors, the multi-layered characters find themselves embroiled in a spider's web of intrigue, treachery and betrayal. "Black Book" is a highly stylized film suffused with the intense paranoia Verhoeven evokes so well, where friend and enemy blur together into an indistinguishable line.
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