Just about to party for his birthday, a grumpy war veteran refusing to have fun and enjoy the day, starts to have a vision of a mysterious young boy. Gideon van Eeden’s ‘Day of Reckoning‘ main character is haunted by a dreadful memory from his past and tortured by the thought of the crime he had committed. Building the tension gradually, the director carefully controls his film environment and the unfolding of the story behind preserving the mystery for as long as possible.
Watching this short cinematic discourse – events, it’s easy to tell, are of utter importance for Netherlands’ history – takes one on an empathic journey at a psychological level. The main character’s drama lies in not being able to forgive himself for the mistakes of the past, but more than that, he doesn’t seem to want to. As this was something undue and unnecessary.