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Leaps and Bounds (2007)

Hoppet (original title)
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Azad comes to Sweden by mistake. In order to blend in with the family that hides him, he has to pretend that he is nine years old. Suddenly he's quite alone in a new country and doesn't ... See full summary »


Petter Næss
15 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Ali Abdulsalam Ali Abdulsalam ... Azad
Mehmet Aras Mehmet Aras ... Hussein
Per Fritzell ... Bosse
Dler Resul Dler Resul ... Father of Azad
Richard Jarl Richard Jarl ... Markus
Telar Hirani Telar Hirani ... Naza
Ronas Gemici Ronas Gemici ... Tigris
Lina Welander Lina Welander ... Helga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kajsa Bergqvist ... Herself
Paiv Darbandi Paiv Darbandi ... Tigris 8 years old
Johanna Dickson Johanna Dickson ... Daughter at airport
Tor Dickson Tor Dickson ... Father at airport
Suzanna Dilber Suzanna Dilber ... Teacher
Marie Göranzon ... Drunk woman
Anna Jonasson Anna Jonasson ... Busdriver minibus


Azad comes to Sweden by mistake. In order to blend in with the family that hides him, he has to pretend that he is nine years old. Suddenly he's quite alone in a new country and doesn't understand the language. But with the help of a spaced-out hot dog vendor, the coolest guy in school and world champion Kajsa Bergqvist maybe he can meet his real family again. Written by Anders Bergh

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9 February 2007 (Sweden) See more »

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Almata See more »

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25 May 2007 | by signalementSee all my reviews

I cant give this one a zero, or by god I would carve it stone if I had to. Bad acting, worse story makes it one of the worst movies of 2006, if not THE worst. A plot that has been squeezed in every aspect to be entertaining but still thoughtful ends up doing nothing of them. It rather attempts to confirm regular stereotypes about Kurds (you know, misogynists, backward, patriarchal, leeches etc) and (probably in the name of equal political correctness) also about Swedes (characterless, shallow, stupid etc). Practically, the seeds of prejudice are grown in this movie for its young audience, subconsciously adjusting their minds. The script is lousy because its one-sided. Let me explain: the Kurds are speaking Swedish in Kurdish. The expressions and the dialogues are Swedish directly translated into Kurdish words, which by that sense makes the Kurdish part of the script very unprofessional and unrealistic. TO speak a language is not only about words translated, its about meaning and life. Its about soul to the text. What a failure this movie is in that matter, and it most definitely does not stop there. The illustration of the Kurdish society is utterly weak with no realistic reflections of it, domestically or in the diaspora. As a Swede of Kurdish heritage whom have been living in Sweden long enough to comprehend both societies I see no message in this movie but a failed attempt to do something good but in fact has ended up as something truly bad. A movie cannot live by momentary "glories" in the story: couple of wise cracks, few good lines. Petter Näss - what have you done?

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