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Spelen of sterven (1990)

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In this short motion picture, schoolboy Kees is intelligent, introvert and sensitive, but gets ridiculed verbally and physically at an all-boys school by mindlessly cocky class mates and ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Tjebbo Gerritsma ...
Charel
Simon Gribling ...
Math. Teacher
Joost Hienen ...
Charel's friend
Geert Hunaerts ...
Kees
Cock van der Lee ...
Charel's friend
Diane Lensink ...
Mother
Titus Muizelaar ...
Phys. Ed. Teacher
Mike Starink ...
Charel's friend
Wim Van Der Grijn ...
Father
Hilde Van Mieghem ...
French Teacher
Marc van Uchelen ...
Charel's friend
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In this short motion picture, schoolboy Kees is intelligent, introvert and sensitive, but gets ridiculed verbally and physically at an all-boys school by mindlessly cocky class mates and even insensitive teachers, especially in gym, where his physical weakness is mercilessly abused to make him a defenseless laughing stock in front of his smirking peers. His awakening sexual interest goes to boys, and in particular to Charel, a beautiful athletic classmate who probably feels an undetermined interest but would never risk admitting (possibly not even to himself) having any gay or bi appreciation, least of all for a 'sissy', and thus remains unresponsive to shy Kees' overtures. When the hunk finally comes over to Kees' place while his parents are away, a desperate disappointment with a tragical twist is in the making... Written by KGF Vissers

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Mood Piece
29 April 2000 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

To fully appreciate this short film (40 minutes) one has to closely identify or empathize with its young hero. This lad is quiet, intense, and emotionally not the most stable of personalities. He focuses his attention on a significant other -- a student in his class with a contrasting personality. This results in a conflicting relationship, leaving the young hero distraught to the point of being suicidal.

It's not a very optimistic short story told here, yet one which creates a definite mood and sustains interest throughout its brief running time. Very well acted, "To Play or Die" is a minor effort, noteworthy for its unusually short duration. There are not many short stories filmed with running times of under 45 minutes, that are independent and not part of any kind of series.


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