Thijs is a ripe-age Dutch tomato grower. His adult daughters plan to have him move in a skyscraper-flat, leaving home and professional life, but he takes his adolescent (half-)Moroccon grandson Omar's advice to refuse and keep living. Thijs even lets the cheerful rascal coach his love-life, which lands him on a blind date with Jacky, an energetic Flemish woman, who won't take no for an answer but turns up at his door-step till he consents, and soon drags him into evening life, preparing for a dance contest. Soon after Omar turns up, listless and lazier then ever, runaway from school and home. The obvious reason for the horny hound's hanging head is a girl: Mergal is foxy, Turkish and as smitten as he, but her burly big brother Erhan will only allow a boy to go steady with her who has proven himself his better on the field in the traditional manly sport of oil-wrestling. Now Thijs, in his day a 'dry' wrestler, resolves to return the kid's favor by coaching down-beaten Omar back to life...
14 December 2006 (Netherlands)
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Opening Weekend: €100,022
17 December 2006, Limited Release
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Even though the movie was made for TV ( through the Dutch Telefilm project) the movie came out in the theatre first and was a success. It won a Golden Film. Koolhoven made the two most successful Telefilms that came out in the cinema's. See more
In the opening credits the leading actors are animated. When the last credit appears (that of director Martin Koolhoven) we see a cartoon version of Koolhoven. See more
References Het schnitzelparadijs