A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Heroism, rebellion, and resistance to tyranny can take on many different forms.
Positive Role Models
The members of the Dutch Resistance stand up and fight back against the Nazis, employing a variety of methods, at tremendous risk to their lives, and the lives of their families.
Violence & Scariness
Lead character finds dead bodies -- two suicides by poisoning, one by hanging. War violence -- executions by firing squad, gun battles on streets, in buildings. Characters shot and killed. Torture -- characters tied up, beaten, waterboarded. Young boy climbs to the top of a tree, loses his footing and falls to the ground, breaking his arm.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette and pipe smoking. Drinking in a cabaret -- Nazi soldiers act drunk, rowdy and singing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Resistance Banker is a 2018 Dutch drama based on the true story of the banker who during World War II found a way to fund the Dutch Resistance to the Nazis. The movie has English subtitles. War violence throughout. The lead character enters a home to find two people dead of suicide by poisoning and one by hanging. Characters executed by firing squad, tortured (beaten, fingernails pulled, waterboarded, bloodied), fall to their deaths. Gun battles between Resistance members and Nazis -- characters shot and killed, injured, blood. A young boy climbs to the top of a high tree, loses his footing, and falls to the ground and breaks his arm. Cigarette and pipe smoking. Drinking in a cabaret -- Nazi soldiers act drunk. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There are lots of movies and shows about World War II, but The Resistance Banker manages to stand out from the crowd. Based on a true story, the actions of Walraven and Gijs Van Hall are a testament to how it was more than statesmen, generals, and infantry who brought down the Third Reich, and how it was even more than those who fought in the resistance with guns and bombs. It also required seemingly ordinary people hiding in plain sight, and even bankers armed with nothing but the knack for creative bookkeeping. These regular people took enormous risks. The Resistance Banker shows that these lesser-known stories can be just as exciting, engaging, and worthwhile as the more traditional war adventures.
It's not to say that accounting is the stuff of great cinema. The intricacies in the systems and schemes the Van Halls put into place are likely to go over the heads of those who aren't CPAs. But how it worked and what it accomplished is simple enough to grasp. And since the story isn't as well known, and there's a certain irony in bankers (especially from the vantage point of a post-2008 financial crash world) showing extraordinary bravery, integrity, and selflessness, you don't know exactly how it's going to end, even if you do, in the big picture, know how it's going to end.
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