During the Nazi occupation, Amsterdam family banker Walraven van Hall enthusiastically accepts, despite brother-partner Gijs and many colleagues' reservations, to help the resistance by financing them with fake credits, for which the Dutch government in exile gives a post-war guarantee. As the war drags on, he largely exceeds the guaranteed sum and forges a coordination between resistance components, but the Germans plus collaborators set up a large operation to find and roll up the 'underground bank'. As Allied forces approach, a far larger sum is needed to pay for a massive railway strike, but the regular systems are exhausted. Walraven now devises a daring plan to liberate funds from the national bank by a complex web if forged promissory notes, but the ruthless SS is hot on their trail.Written by
Official submission of Netherlands for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »
An important episode in the story of Walraven van Hall is his narrow escape at the barbershop, one of his many escapes. He had a meeting with a resistance fighter in the house located above the barbershop. On his way up, Van Hall was stopped by the hairdresser. The hairdresser forced him to have a shave. While he was sitting in the barber's chair, the Germans arrested the other resistance fighter. Van Hall escaped. This scene can be seen in the film, but with a huge shooting, in which a resistance fighter is murdered in cold blood in the street. In reality this never happened. See more »
From a time when resistance actually meant something.
Great story, great acting, great pace. I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't know about the great people this movie is dedicated to, but this film does a great job of introducing me to this interesting part of history that shows what it takes to trully resist tyranny. Echt een fantastische film!
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