Waldemar, a young man from Suriname, meets middle-aged Dutch woman Rika and they fall in love. In pre-WWII Netherlands they could not be more different. The one black, the other white, 17 years between them and on top of that she already has four children with another man. They love each other, but then she appears to be pregnant from Waldemar. They choose each other despite the high price they have to pay for it. They have a son, Waldy, their own ‘Sonny Boy’. Then World War II breaks out and they risk their lives to save people in hiding. However, this is not without major consequences.
It’s a very traditionally styled film with a grand scope that spans the early 1920’s to after WWII, and combines a romantic epic with a holocaust drama. Some might say, prime Oscar baiting material. It does have some nice cinematography, and the period details are well done. But unfortunately as often happens with films like this, there are rapid jumps in time that adversely affect its overall flow, and there is hardly any development of the supporting characters which leaves only the main actors to carry the film. Ricky Koole and Sergio Hasselbaink are decent enough, but aren’t what I would describe as amazing.
Director: Maria Peters
Writers: Annejet van der Zijl (based on the novel by), Maria Peters (screenplay)
Stars: Ricky Koole, Sergio Hasselbaink, Angelo Arnhem
Language: Dutch | English
Release Date: 27 January 2011 (Netherlands)
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 2.56 GiB
Duration : 2 h 14 min
Overall bit rate : 2 713 kb/s