De avonturen familiefilm BENNIE STOUT speelt zich af in de jaren 30. Benjamin Bennie Stout doet zijn naam eer aan. Samen met zijn zeepkist, een zelfgemaakt trapauto, zet hij de boel ...
See full synopsis »
Teacher ("Mees") Kees and his class have to perform a play on stage in a nearby elderly-home. Instead of performing the original play written by the head mistress they decide to improvise, ... See full summary »
Fat adolescent Dik Trom enjoys growing up in a hedonistic town devoted to food and fun. When a restaurant chain offers his father the life-long-dreamed opportunity to run his own, the Trom ... See full summary »
Eva van der Gucht,
Great adventures can hatch from the smallest eggs. Fucsia wants to learn to do magic just like her father, and so is pleased as punch when she is allowed to go to witches' school. There, ... See full summary »
Iep! is about bird, who looks like a girl but has wings in stead of arms. Bird watcher Warre finds her under brushwood and takes her home. Warre and his wife Tine decide to keep Viegeltje ... See full summary »
Pupil Abel is the victim of Laura's nasty prank, yet gets accidentally blamed and overreacts. His ma withdraws him from school and gets him a job as lift-boy. But its' a special lift: when ... See full summary »
De avonturen familiefilm BENNIE STOUT speelt zich af in de jaren 30.
Benjamin Bennie Stout doet zijn naam eer aan. Samen met zijn zeepkist, een zelfgemaakt trapauto, zet hij de boel regelmatig op stelten. Bovenaan zijn verlanglijstje voor Sinterklaas staat de nieuwe glimmende trapauto, die hij in de etalage van de speelgoedwinkel heeft gezien. Maar het is crisistijd en Bennies vader besluit om voorlopig in Spanje te blijven om extra geld te verdienen.
Bennie heeft nog maar één wens: hij vraagt Sinterklaas ervoor te zorgen dat zijn vader snel thuis komt, zodat ze met de hele familie pakjesavond kunnen vieren.
Al snel komt Bennie erachter dat dat niet zo eenvoudig is. Hij bedenkt een list om zijn vader zelf op te halen. Hij schrijft stiekem zijn naam bij de stoute kinderen in Het Grote Boek van Sinterklaas. Want als stout jongetje moet je mee in de zak naar Spanje en laat dat nu precies zijn waar Bennie het allerliefste naar toe wil.
This movie had something for everyone. The fact that the story is situated in the beginning of December and has a strong relation with the traditional celebration of Saint Nicholas' birthday, makes it very, VERY Dutch. In a way, you can compare it to 'Alles is Liefde' which is also unmistakably Dutch in its setting and theme. An important difference, compared to 'Alles is Liefde' is that Bennie Stout uses the story of Saint Nicholas in such a way that it is very credible for little children, whereas Alles is Liefde shows you the fictional side of the story. Bennie Stout has a beautiful story-line that is filled with entertaining details (such as the absence board on Saint Nicholas' boat that says 'Piet present/absent' ten times, the detailed pepernoten-factory, the raft constructed from taai-taai, the acrobatic stunts of the Pieten, etc) and humor on both children level and adult level. The setting in an old Dutch village about a hundred years ago is brilliant and gives the audience one beautiful scenery after another. People who love nice shots and beautiful pictures will really love this film. Not that it has many beautiful people (most of them are ugly), but the gorgeous Hanna Verboom makes up for all the others. She is very well chosen for the part of the tender, caring, beautiful but tormented young mother. Of all adult actors she undoubtedly gives the best performance. The child actors are also very good: Koen Dobbelaer (Bennie) is brilliant and very charming, he makes it very credible that he's not really bad, just a little clumsy. His 'enemy' Pieter Lossie (Roderick) is just as charming, though a little naughtier. For the role of Saint Nicholas there was only one serious candidate (Bram van der Vlugt) and I think Johan Nijenhuis was very lucky to have him for this part. One thing about the script that I liked very much is the fact that although the story has many strange and irrational elements, coming from the original myth (naughty children are really abducted by Saint Nicholas, all of his assistants are called Piet, the children are put into large bags, the Pieten climb in and out of chimneys) the actors act as if these things are completely normal. At night, the abducted children sleep in bags hanging from the ceiling, like it's completely normal and totally accepted. When the children are taken away, their parents react as if it's totally sane and inevitable. I like this absurdity a lot, it makes the movie really stand out. And I think it gives this movie a typically Dutch feel (see Alex van Warmerdam's Ober or Emma Blank or the two Paard van Sinterklaas movies). The last thing I want to mention is the music. I never heard so many variations of the traditional Saint Nicholas songs: jazz versions, classical versions, disco, opera, you name it. To paraphrase Saint Nicholas himself: "I can never get enough of Sinterklaas Kapoentje, it's such an evergreen".
Well, to make a long story short: there's something in this movie for everyone, it does not spoil young children's belief in the Saint, has a great story, it's very entertaining and very well crafted.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this