Director: Maria Peters
Starring: Ricky Koole, Sergio Hasselbaink, Angelo Arnhem, Daniel van Wijk
Language: Dutch, German
Duration: 130 min.
The true story of the relationship between Waldemar Nods, a 19-year-old student from Suriname, and Rika van der Lans, a married Dutch woman in her 40s, and mother of 4 children. The pair meet in the 1920s, fall in love, and Rika becomes pregnant soon thereafter, causing a scandal with far-reaching consequences, leading up to World War II.
Sonny Boy is a Dutch film directed by Maria Peters, based on a novel by Annejet van der Zijl. It is the Netherlands' official submission to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
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.
The impression I'm left with is of a fascinating story that is perfect for a novel, but makes for a largely unoriginal and uninspiring film.
— Bonjour Tristesse