Original / alternative title: Riphagen
Running time: 130 minutes
Language: Dutch / German
In occupied Holland Dried Riphagen works for SD secret police tracing down the Jews that are hiding somewhere in Amsterdam. He does not plan to give them away to Germans, but his motivation is less than clear...
German occupation of Holland during World War 2, local Jews are arrested and sent to concentration camps while their possessions are seized. The situation divides the society - some of the Dutch are helping the Jews to hide or flee the country, while the others help Nazis find the Jews, some of them for the bounty money. While the Dutch police is forced to take part in the deportations Dried Riphagen works for the German secret police SD and often snoops around the houses in whole Amsterdam looking for the Jews. When he finds elderly Jewish woman, Esther Schaap, hidden in one of the houses, he takes away part of the jewellery she was hiding, but Riphagen does not plan to give her away to Germans. Instead he finds her a safe place to stay in a building that was already seized by the Germans, so no one would search it again. He explains Esther that the part of the jewellery he will give to Germans so he could show some effects of his work to the superiors, while rest of it he will keep safe until woman will be able to leave. Esther is surprised that Riphagen is helping her and with time she begins to trust him enough so she helps him contact other Jews hiding in Amsterdam, who could use his help.
True story of Dried Riphagen, who as Nazi collaborator during World War 2 was in office responsible for finding Jews hiding somewhere in the Amsterdam, but instead of fully committing to the job he was putting in action his own plan. The story of Riphagen and other characters are interlinked so it is hard to tell at the beginning in what direction the plot could move next and who works for which side. Even the post-war fate of Riphagen is interesting and surprising, although that part of the film lacks the pace of the beginning.
Our rating: 6.8 / 10
Film value: 7 / 10
Realism factor: 4 / 5
Adventure factor: 2 / 5
Historical accuracy factor: 4 / 5
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.
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