When conditions are right an infamous ice-skating race is held in the north of the Netherlands. The 200 km race must be completed by midnight and everyone who finishes receives a medal. ... See full summary »
Steven de Jong
Willeke van Ammelrooy,
A fictional story within the historical context of the disastrous flood that engulfed the Dutch coastal province of Zeeland in 1953. When their farmhouse is destroyed by the flood, teenage mother Julia gets separated from her baby boy, whom she kept hidden in a box. She is saved from drowning by a young air force lieutenant, who agrees to go help looking for Julia's little son. A near-hopeless quest ensues. Written by
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In the movie Julia is saved by a helicopter the morning after the flood, and the wind and water are calm. In reality, a strong gale was still blowing the day after, preventing an air rescue. See more »
This could have been a very important movie. The 1953 floods, in which thousands of people lost their lives, was probably the biggest historical event in the Netherlands since the second world war. As far as I know, this is its first major cinema treatment, with the technology to make the storm scenes credible. But that's just about all that's credible.
The dominating storyline, of a single mother in search for her lost baby, supported by a deserted naval officer, was melodramatic and totally incredible. The dialog was wooden and full of anachronisms, the soundtrack often out of sinc with lip movements, and the sappy, swelling music in every scene irritating. Those whose mother tongue isn't Dutch won't mind, but there is no attempt at regional accents by any of the main characters, which would at least give the dialog a hint of authenticity. Some of the actors even had Flemish accents, very different from Zeeuws.
A big miss.
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