George C. Scott and William Petersen are expatriates living in Curaçao. Their bound together by an understanding that each is hiding from a dangerous past.
Curacao reveals the collectively repressed legacy of the Dutch on their former colony and offers a disturbing look into the influence this has on the contemporary Curacao community.
The camera stays mostly in Willemstad, on the island of Curacao, in the Dutch Antilles. We enter from the harbor and sail up the only main street in the world that accommodates ships. An off-screen narrator summarizes Curacao's history -- the colony of several European powers, its role in the slave trade, its mix of races, the native orange that produces a popular liqueur, and its near-duty-free oil refining. We see the Queen Emma Bridge and we hear about Dutch religious tolerance.