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Hush Hush Baby (2004)

Shouf shouf habibi! (original title)
Abdullah 'Ap' Bentarek may be happy that, unlike his Uncle Yusuf who stayed in the ancestral Moroccan mountain village, his own father, Ali, moved to the Netherlands. However, the boy has ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Salah Eddine Benmoussa ...
Ali Bentarek
Zohra 'Flifla' Slimani ...
Khadija Bentarek
Najib Amhali ...
Samir 'Sam' Bentarek
Iliass Ojja ...
Tanja Jess ...
Leila Bentarek
Mimoun Ouled Radi ...
Mohammed Chaara ...
Leo Alkemade ...
Winston Gerschtanowitz ...
Bridget Maasland ...
Ahmed Kamal ...


Abdullah 'Ap' Bentarek may be happy that, unlike his Uncle Yusuf who stayed in the ancestral Moroccan mountain village, his own father, Ali, moved to the Netherlands. However, the boy has lousy friends, who are his partners in crime (in the legal sense), and unrealistic expectations at the employment office. Even when a relative gets him the office job he claimed to crave in the very bank his mates dream of robbing, he messes it up in a single day and rejoins the louts. Meanwhile his sister Leila refuses to be married off, and kid brother Driss abuses father's ignorance of the Dutch language to pretend the school's complaints about him are compliments. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

29 January 2004 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Cicho, malenka!  »

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€800,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Shot in 25 days. See more »


Ap: What are the five differences between E.T. and a Moroccan? 1: E.T. had a bike of his own. 2: E.T. looked good. 3: E.T. came alone. 4: E.T. wanted to learn the language. 5: E.T. wanted to go back where he came from.
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Serious with a smile
21 September 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This movie is meant to relax the tensions built up in the dutch society between the 'natives' and the immigrants, in this case Marrocans.

The story revolves around a Marrocan family which tries to start over their lives in the Nethelands with all cultural differences and prejudices depicted with a comical note to it. This film was well received for both audiences, dutch and immigrants.

The intro movie was hilarious, but the more the movie advanced, so did the seriousness of the story. I liked this one, but I still miss the artisticness that some of the French or Japanese movies have. It seems that every movie to come out of Holland must have a comic tone to it to make it more acceptable for the masses.

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