The 21-year-old Nicolette has just moved in together in Rotterdam with Mohammed, a boy of Moroccan origin. The boxes are hardly unpacked or seems to take place a heavy attack in the port of Rotterdam. After much speculation happens now genuinely in the Netherlands dozens of deaths, massive panic and chaos. The disaster appears to have even more pressing consequences for Nicolette if Mohammed is arrested on suspicion of complicity. Fully convinced of the innocence of her friend pulls Nicolette battle against the prejudices, chaos and lawlessness that prevails plots in Netherlands. Gradually, however, there are indications that Muhammad may well be involved in the case. Nicolette is forced to make a choice between the belief in love and the harsh reality.
In the Rotterdam harbor an oil tanker explodes. Is it Muslim terrorism?
In the Rotterdam harbor an oil tanker explodes. In this post-9/11 era, everybody immediately assumes it's a terrorist's attack. The next morning a young Moroccon and his blond girlfriend are lifted from their bed by the police. The girlfriend gets out of custody soon, thanks to her lawyer-dad, and the long search for her friend and for the truth starts. The movie fits in the current wave of movies about the tensions in the Dutch multi-cultural society. It's a good one in its genre, I think. Good acting, good pace, nice plot (though a bit predictable). In any other genre it would be classified as crafty (at best), but the political and social subject matter makes it interesting. The movie was shot before the murder of Theo van Gogh, which is remarkable because after the murder the general public became aware of terrorist cells, with young Moroccons participating, focusing on Dutch soil. Theo van Gogh, BTW, who earlier that year made a very good movie ("Cool") in the same genre.
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