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Bonkers (2005)

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Bonnie, a nine-year-old single child, is part of a family of three living in the Netherlands. They have a love of elephants, passed on by Bonnie's grandfather's grandfather who worked on a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Rinsma ...
Bonnie
Tom van Kessel ...
Koos
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Lis
Frieda Pittoors ...
Puch
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Cees
Leny Breederveld ...
Grandmother
Edo Brunner ...
Teacher
Judith Bovenberg ...
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Koos' Mother
Luk D'Heu ...
Brandweercommandant
Rachid van der Veer ...
Schoolvriendje
Leo Smit ...
Vader Koos
Stef de Jong ...
Broertje Koos
Pé de Jong ...
Broertje Koos
Sjoerd de Heus ...
Broertje Koos
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Bonnie, a nine-year-old single child, is part of a family of three living in the Netherlands. They have a love of elephants, passed on by Bonnie's grandfather's grandfather who worked on a game reserve in Africa, and Bonnie feels that she instinctively does things like an elephant as a result. Her single mother, Lis, is bi-polar and at times spends days on end without even getting out of bed. Then there are other times when she will manically do wild acts, such as impromptu dancing in public. As a result, Bonnie's sturdy and stable grandmother must hold the family together by doing all the cooking, etc. After her grandmother is killed by a car, Bonnie becomes the most responsible family member and struggles with preparing meals and getting her reluctant mother to take her medication. She also must dodge Jorien, a social worker who is attempting to place her in a foster home. When her friend from school, Koos, gets a new brother Bonnie decides that this is the solution to fight the ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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While Bonnie talks to her teacher about not being able to join the school trip, her hair is hanging in front of her face for most of the scene, but during her close-up, part of it is tucked behind her left ear. See more »

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Sublime Dutch youth film
17 October 2005 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Bonnie is living in a villa with her mother Liz and her grand mom. Grand mom has to take care of most of the upbringing of Bonnie as Liz is ill. She's very depressed sometimes but at other times she is extremely happy. Bonnie really would like to have a little brother or sister. When grandma dies things get worse. Liz cannot take care of Bonnie and it looks as if social workers will take Bonnie away from Liz. She then tries to find a nice man for her mother, with a responsible father she might be able to still live with her mother... This film is very well made, the acting is fine, there's a lot of drama but also some comedy as well. When I saw it both children (I guess it's nice for kids aged 6 and older) and their parents were equally impressed.


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