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Bluebird (2004)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Music  |  10 April 2004 (Netherlands)
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Merel, a talented young girl, is suddenly getting bullied at school.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elske Rotteveel ...
Merel de Leeuw
Kees Scholten ...
Kasper de Leeuw
Elsie de Brauw ...
Mrs. De Leeuw
Jaap Spijkers ...
Mr. De Leeuw
Bright O'Richards ...
Charles
Bente de Vries ...
Julie
Floris Heyne ...
Peer
Carmen Otten ...
Kim
Sharai Voet ...
Cindy
Samir Veen ...
Martijn
Ramon Lieshout ...
Freek
Bodine van Zalk ...
Blond meisje 1
Avalon Verbunt ...
Blond meisje 2
Florentijn van Meeuwen ...
Laila
Eline Hoorn ...
Cecilia
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Merel is a young girl with a lot of talent. She excels at school, is good on the springboard and is careful too. Her severely handicapped brother Kasper gets a lot of attention. Merel also has talent for singing. It is no surprise that she is asked for the school musical. But maybe Merel is a bit too convinced of herself. When people perform solos, she likes to sing along loudly. This doesn't fall on good ground though. People start ignoring her and she is getting bullied. All of the sudden Merel's life isn't that easy anymore, it will be hard to keep herself together. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Un beau roman (Une belle histoire)
Ecrit par Pierre Delanoë
Interprété par Michel Fugain
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realistic, yet beautifully shot.
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I really love these docu-style films. Having missed the opening credits (I found it while zapping), I thought for the first 5 minutes it was a documentary. So cool. Also, with the very skillful and appropriate underacting, it was hard to tell what this was at first. A German children's series? A docu on living with disability in the family? Ah, Dutch drama! Rotteveel is an outstanding actress, with the typical looks of the runway model: Looks ordinary, almost plain at first glance, but is stunning upon closer examination. Her acting is of the deceptive natural kind and it fitted in well with the direction and camera work, beautiful, those wide shots.

I didn't get the choice of music, though. Choosing the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song 'Otherside' during a sad moment is understandable, ("A candidate for my soul mate bled" "Slit my throat, it's all I ever" ), but R.E.M.s 'Losing my religion' during the end? And what about Michel Fugains 'Un beau roman' when her stepbrother is going to school? What is the connection between that and a nostalgic summer romance song? Unfathomable.


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