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The Storm 2009 / De Storm film review

The Storm 2009 film review

The Storm (2009, Netherlands)

Original title
De Storm
Running time
110 minutes
Our rating
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7 / 10

End of January 1953, great storm in the North Sea attacks during the night and causes floods in Great Britain, Belgium and Holland, but the worst situation is in the last of the countries. Most of the Netherlands in actually situated below sea level, so when the dams and levees could not handle the sudden increase of water level the farming areas near the coast are very quickly cut off from dry land. In one of the farms young mother Julia and her parents are evacuated from their home, but during the process she loses her little baby and can’t find anyone able to help her. She nearly drowned, but their neighbor Aldo rescued her, now she tries to convince him to return to the farm, where her baby is left in the attic in wooden box that would float in the water. They find a boat and return to the farmhouse that is flooded, but when they find the wooden box it is empty. Convinced that someone must have taken the baby they begin the search for the missing child, but in the situation when most of the area is covered in water and people are scattered through few places that are more or less safe it is not an easy task.

Dutch drama based on the true disaster that took place in January 1953 when flood, caused by the North Sea storm have, put over 1,300 square kilometers under water in Holland, caused a lot of deaths among people and animals, over 47,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. The main story told in The Storm is fictional, but the background and the flood are shown in a way that puts this story in completely different perspective. The film is not particularly outstanding from any other disaster movies, but the special effects and the bitter atmosphere that followed the flood are presented make The Storm a memorable production.

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Creators of The Storm

Ben Sombogaart films

Ben Sombogaart


Marjolein Beumer films

Marjolein Beumer


Rik Launspach films

Rik Launspach


Cast of The Storm

Sylvia Hoeks films

Sylvia Hoeks

as Julia

Barry Atsma films

Barry Atsma

as Aldo

Dirk Roofthooft films

Dirk Roofthooft

as Julia’s Father

Monic Hendrickx films

Monic Hendrickx

as Julia’s Mother

Katja Herbers films

Katja Herbers

as Krina

Lottie Hellingman films

Lottie Hellingman

as Stientje

Elsa May Averill films

Elsa May Averill

as Emma

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