Fisherman's son Benjamin 'Bennie' Stout is mischievous, in a prank was with the mayor's spoiled-rotten son Roderik, and accident prone, making life hard for his big brother Steven, who left...
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Fisherman's son Benjamin 'Bennie' Stout is mischievous, in a prank was with the mayor's spoiled-rotten son Roderik, and accident prone, making life hard for his big brother Steven, who left school to help pay the bills, and their mother Rietje. When they hear father Willim isn't returning in December to earn extra cash in Bilbao, Bennie decides to join him in Spain. Ashe can't afford passage, he devises to be naughty enough -which comes naturally- to be snatched into St. Nicholas's helpers' bag with the other worst kids as every year, even writing his own name in the book instead of Roderik. However St. Nick's usually lets kids escape or returns them and isn't convinced Bennie is truly naughty rather then missing his father's firm guidance, so Bennie keeps trying to prove himself worse then ever. Still, every is in for more surprises.Written by
Filmed at the Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen, the Netherlands See more »
The perfect Dutch family movie.
Something very is odd is up with that 5.5 score on IMDb. We see it with a lot of non-American movies - there are people randomly giving 1 point to movies in order to influence voting for whatever reason.
In reality, this is one of the best Dutch family movies. It has all the traditional Sinterklaas ingredients and gives it a very funny twist with the naughty kids hung in bags in the ship.
I assume the movie will not really appeal to a non-Dutch audience since all major ingredients are vital to one of the main Dutch holidays but unknown abroad: the steamship from Spain, Sinterklaas and his Pieten, the pepernoten (gingerbread cookies), etcetera... it's all just as plausible as Santa and his flying reindeer, and just as real to our children.
The movie also provides an explanation as to why Sinterklaas stopped shipping naughty children to Spain.
For any Dutch family, this movie is a must-see. People without kids, or who aren't Dutch, may still appreciate the scenic settings, the winter atmosphere and the good acting.
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