Soldaat van Oranje
Soldier of Orange
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
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I have been watching this movie in short increments for the last week or so. I kept falling asleep, despite the fact that I found this to be quite an interesting film. The story follows a group of Dutch students as they navigate their way through World War II. I suppose our main guy is Erik, who fights alongside the Allied forces.
I was surprised by how exciting this movie was, which I suppose is my own prejudice. I didn't exactly imagine Dutch war film from the 70s could be that interesting. This is one of the few instances I can stomach being wrong. Still, there is something about Paul Verhoeven that repulses me a bit. There are always quite a few gross out moments in his films that seem unnecessarily disgusting.
Still, a definite improvement from Turkish Delight.
Based on a true story.