Soldier of Orange ★★★★

An excellent war film, based on the autobio of Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, which follows a group of university buddies during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Rutger Hauer stars as Roelfzema, who joins the resistance. It’s one of the great Hauer performances. Jeroen Krabbé is likewise wonderful as the smuggest man alive.

Verhoeven is on his best behavior here, which means there’s a little bit less bawdiness, irreverence and explicit violence on display than usual. Still, thanks to his impish sense of humour, the film never becomes self-important or dour. (No pomp and patriotic grandeur here.)