(2020) (Claes Bang, Guy Pearce) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A Dutch Jew tries to determine the authenticity of a valuable painting that ended up in a Nazi official's possession and whether a local painter's claim that it's a forgery is true.
It's a few weeks after the fall of Nazi Germany and Allied forces have discovered artwork stolen or otherwise illegally obtained by the Nazis including Johannes Vermeer's "Christ with the Adulteress."
It's up to Captain Joseph Piller (CLAES BANG), a Dutch Jew who's locally in charge of the Allied provisional government's attempts to restore the Netherlands' cultural heritage, to determine how it got into the hands of Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring and which locals might have aided and abetted, all to try them in court. With the help of his assistant, Minna Holmberg (VICKY KRIEPS), and his enforcer and fellow former resistance fighter Espen Dekker (ROLAND MOLLER), Piller's trail has led to Han van Meegeren (GUY PEARCE).
He's a flamboyant local painter known for throwing decadent parties that Nazi officials as well as locals such as Piller's wife, Leez (MARIE BACH HANSEN), were known to attend, but gave away much of his wealth to his now ex-wife, with him now having an occasional affair with his assistant, Cootje Henning (OLIVIA GRANT).
Knowing that the likes of Piller would eventually come looking for him, Han offers to help the captain with his investigation in a quid pro quo fashion. Piller doesn't have the time or patience for such games, but whisks him away before the likes of Dutch Ministry of Justice official Alex D Klerks (AUGUST DIEHL) gets his hands on him, what with Piller suspicious that some government officials were in cahoots with the Nazis.
As Piller continues his investigation, Han argues that the stolen work isn't genuine, but rather a perfect replica painted by him. With the case eventually ending up in court, it's up to Piller to determine if the painter is telling the truth and then how to proceed during the case.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens interested in classic art or WWII might have some interest, but that's probably it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For some language, violence, and nudity.
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