Johan Ten Berghe joins the Dutch army when the Durtch East Indies unilaterally declare independence as Indonesia. He initiates his naive driver Twan in life in the East, having grown up there as son of colonial official Hendrik, now missing. Their adventures intertwine with Johan's childhood memories, especially concerning his native best friend, Oeroeg, who joined the rebellion, as well as their nanny and later de facto stepmother. Conflicting loyalties become tangible in extreme situations. Written by
10 June 1993 (Netherlands)
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Johan and Oeroeg sing the Dutch song "Kijk eens in de poppetjes van m'n ogen" by Annie de Reuver. This song was first released in 1951, however the scene takes place in the late-'30s. See more
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