Saturday 30th January 2010

Black Book

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Year: 2006
Stars: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn

We've had this recorded for a while, but keep failing to watch it due to its running time - it's about 2 and a half hours long. Having a spare evening, we decided it was time to watch one of the movies we kept ignoring, so this ended up being our choice.

Turns out, it was the right choice. It's a great movie that draws you in from the word go, jumping straight in but not instantly confusing you with an array of characters. That said, there are a lot of characters to follow, but for the most part the plot is well explained and perfectly followable.

The film follows Rachel Stein, a Jew living in Holland who is doing whatever she can to escape the Nazis. The film follows her on her journey, as she ends up working with the resistance and how this affects her life.

An enjoyable movie that actually needs it's two and a half hour running-time to tell it's story. Worth watching.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.