5.9/10
1,079
13 user 27 critic

The Silent Army (2008)

Wit licht (original title)
Child soldiers in Africa are at the fore in this tale of a white restaurant owner in an African town bordering a conflict zone. When his son's African friend Abu is abducted, he sets out to... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A serial adulterer faces his demons when his loving wife falls severely ill.

Director: Reinout Oerlemans
Stars: Carice van Houten, Barry Atsma, Anna Drijver
Bram Fischer (2017)
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In apartheid-ruled South Africa, a renowned lawyer struggles to hide his secret affiliation to the nation's chief resistance movement - as he takes on defending a group of its arrested members, including its leader, Nelson Mandela.

Director: Jean van de Velde
Stars: Peter Paul Muller, Antoinette Louw, Sello Motloung
Sonny Boy (2011)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Forbidden love.

Director: Maria Peters
Stars: Ricky Koole, Sergio Hasselbaink, Angelo Arnhem
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Finding themselves at a crossroads in their tumultuous lives, the members of a daftly dysfunctional family struggle to sort out their hopes, fears and expectations.

Director: Joram Lürsen
Stars: Carice van Houten, Thijs Römer, Benja Bruijning
Baantjer (1995–2006)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this Dutch police detective series, Detective Jurriaan 'Jurre' de Cock is sort of the 'Columbo' of a Dutch police city's police department, as deceptively poor in appearance (cheap ... See full summary »

Stars: Piet Römer, Victor Reinier, Martin Schwab
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After giving birth to her first child, a happily married woman sees her picture-perfect life spiral out of control.

Director: Antoinette Beumer
Stars: Carice van Houten, Marcel Hensema, Waldemar Torenstra
Oorlogswinter (2008)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, a teenage boy gets involved in the Dutch Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded RAF pilot.

Director: Martin Koolhoven
Stars: Martijn Lakemeier, Jamie Campbell Bower, Yorick van Wageningen
De storm (2009)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

During the devastating North Sea flood of 1953, a young woman and a naval officer search for her lost infant son.

Director: Ben Sombogaart
Stars: Sylvia Hoeks, Barry Atsma, Dirk Roofthooft
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The bumpy love lives of four Amsterdam couples intersect during the days leading up to Dutch national holiday Sinterklaas.

Director: Joram Lürsen
Stars: Michiel Romeyn, Thomas Acda, Anneke Blok
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jacqueline Blom ...
Agnes van Dam
Marco Borsato ...
...
Ruud van Kalenberg
Andrew Kintu ...
Abu
...
Anna Zuiderwijk
Frederick Mpuuga ...
Rebel commander
Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga ...
Michel Obeke
Vuks Ngcingwana ...
Commander
Sam Okelo
...
Valerie
Siebe Schoneveld ...
...
François Lama
Edit

Storyline

Child soldiers in Africa are at the fore in this tale of a white restaurant owner in an African town bordering a conflict zone. When his son's African friend Abu is abducted, he sets out to find the boy, and walks right into a training camp exploiting children like Abu. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

11 December 2008 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

The Silent Army  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (5.1)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The international version of this film ("The Silent Army") was the original Dutch entry for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Film. However, the film was turned down because it was a re-cut version. This led to the submission of Oorlogswinter (2008). See more »

Quotes

Valerie: Most people have brilliant reasons to do nothing at all.
See more »

Connections

Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #5.9 (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Singers sing, actors act. Do not ever mix that up.
15 January 2009 | by (Maastricht, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

A Dutch guy runs a restaurant in Uganda. He lives there together with his young son and their life isn't quite all that - he suffers from the trauma of having lost his wife and the political stability in the country isn't quite right either. When things go from bad to worse he's forced to do something about it.

I guess the story could be worse. It is pretty standard, but nothing too bad. What makes this film bad is the fact that one of the main players is in his daily life a singer/entertainer (and a successful one at that), but he's not an actor. Most of the scenes he's staring into the camera much like a rabbit stares into the headlights of a car just before being run over. The other actors in the film do a better job, but the irritation of having one bad main character is so bad that their good work is overshadowed by his bad work.

As a political message this film brings too much action, too much heroism. It might have left a deeper impact (on me at least) if it had not tried to be an action film. Then the real painful truth behind it all might have dawned some better, but not now. Now it's once seen, twice forgotten.

4 out of 10 toe curling bad acted scenes


8 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?