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Ciske the Rat (1984)
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11 year old Amsterdam schoolboy Ciske, a scamp with a heart of gold, causes havoc in the classroom pouring ink over his teacher. Yet when a polio-crippled boy joins the class Ciske is one ... See full summary »

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Danny de Munk ...
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Willem Nijholt ...
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Linda van Dyck ...
Carolien van den Berg ...
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Adriaan Olree ...
Ingeborg Uyt den Boogaard ...
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Danny Merk ...
Theo
Mara Peelen ...
Corrie
Rudi Falkenhagen ...
Cafebaas (as Rudy Falkenhagen)
Hans Holtkamp ...
Vriend van Henri
Henk Rigters ...
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11 year old Amsterdam schoolboy Ciske, a scamp with a heart of gold, causes havoc in the classroom pouring ink over his teacher. Yet when a polio-crippled boy joins the class Ciske is one of the only children to befriend him and is bullied as a result. His mother works in a bar and Ciske helps out often late into the night - his father is at sea and his mother supplements her income with prostitution. Ciske also smolders with rage at life's injustices. Written by kabouter <kab@kabouter.demon.nl>

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Ik voel mij zo verdomd alleen
Lyrics by Karin Loomans
Music by Herman van Veen
Performed by Danny de Munk
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Powerful drama about a lonely boy
10 April 2007 | by (Middle of Nowhere) – See all my reviews

Much more than another coming of age movie – Ciske the rat is a fine example of the Dutch cinema. If you are found of the treble music you will definitely notice the song at the beginning performed by the Danny De Munk (famous singer from Netherlands) who plays the role of the troubled young lad – Ciske.

The childhood of Ciske in not easy – his father is sailing away and his mother does not really care about him. With rebellious spirit the young Ciske spends most of his time on the streets of Amsterdam. No one pays attention to the lonely boy. Trying to cope with the harsh live and attract some love and sympathy he has troubles with the law and even spends some time in prison. I really admired the way he protected himself there – if only all people were as strong as he turned out to be. Ciske has generous heart and when his teacher notices that he tries to help the young lad to take the right path.

Ciske the Rat is powerful and graphically brutal drama which is sure to leave a long lasting impression to anyone who had a chance to see it. I truly enjoyed watching it and highly recommend it.


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