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Cool Kids Don't Cry (2012)

Achtste-groepers huilen niet (original title)
Akkie is a pretty schoolgirl who is good at soccer and doesn't let boys mess with her, until she is diagnosed with leukemia and has to start her battle to stay alive.


Dennis Bots
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hanna Obbeek ... Akkie
Nils Verkooijen ... Joep
Fiona Livingston Fiona Livingston ... Elise
Bram Flick Bram Flick ... Laurens
Amin Belyandouz Amin Belyandouz ... Brammetje
Eva van der Gucht ... Juf Ina
Loek Peters ... Dokter Snor
Johanna ter Steege ... Moeder Akkie
Reinout Bussemaker ... Vader Akkie
Chris Comvalius Chris Comvalius ... Afida (as Chrisje Comvalius)
Xander Straat Xander Straat ... Meester Henk
Bram van der Hooven Bram van der Hooven ... Frenklin
Lea Vlastra Lea Vlastra ... Tamara
Renee de Graaff Renee de Graaff ... Christel
Lucas Dijker Lucas Dijker ... Rico


Adaptation of one of Benelux most famous children's novels. Gutsy middle school student Akkie loves soccer. When Akkie is diagnosed with leukemia, she has to fight for her life. As Akkie grows weaker she also grows closer to the boy she has liked all along. Written by Reinier Selen

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Drama | Family


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Akkie's mother, Johanna ter Steege, is in real life also the mother of Hanna (Akkie). See more »


Remade as Cool Kids Don't Cry (2014) See more »

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Wonderful family movie
30 July 2019 | by CabbageCustardSee all my reviews

If only all movies for kids and families could be as good as this. This film deals with a young teenage (or close to it) girl who develops leukemia. To its credit, this movie does not try to sugar coat anything nor does it sensationalise. It does not go for cheap emotion but is still profoundly moving. There is none of the saccharine schmaltz that you may expect from a Hollywood movie. No, the emotion in this is real and unforced and balanced by joy and positivity. I can't praise this movie enough. The young actors do a fantastic job and the adults are all very relatable too. Thank goodness the kids in this movie are played by kids who actually are the age of the characters and not young-looking twenty year olds! The story is completely believable and well told. The only cautionary thing I would say though is that this is one movie where parental guidance really is warranted, but not because of any objectionable content but rather to help younger children understand and deal with the issues presented. Do make sure you have a box of tissues handy though!

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15 February 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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