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The Day My Father Became a Bush (2016)

Toen mijn vader een struik werd (original title)
When Toda's dad is called away unexpectedly to defend his country, Toda undertakes an adventurous and challenging journey towards the neighbouring country in order to find her mum.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Celeste Holsheimer Celeste Holsheimer ... Toda
Matsen Montsma Matsen Montsma ... Sticky
Teun Kuilboer Teun Kuilboer ... Father
Anneke Blok Anneke Blok ... Grandmother
Noortje Herlaar Noortje Herlaar ... Mother
Puck van Stijn ... Rikka
Britte Lagcher ... Teacher
Steven Hooi Steven Hooi ... Soldier at school
Robert Groeneweg Robert Groeneweg ... Important man at school
Gusta Geleynse Gusta Geleynse ... Neighbor vule
Jovo Carevic Jovo Carevic ... Bus Driver
Maureen Versprille Maureen Versprille ... Ms. general interest
Delilah van Eyck Delilah van Eyck ... Ms. general interest
Marie Noe Marie Noe ... Ms. general interest
Ali Ben Horsting Ali Ben Horsting ... Driver of the car


Before Toda's father became a bush, he was a pastry chef. Everyday he would rise before dawn to make many kinds of pastries and cakes. Then, one day, everything changes. War breaks out in the south and Toda's father has to defend his country. Toda is sent to stay with her mother, who lives in a neighboring land - not a simple journey in wartime. But Toda is a plucky girl who doesn't give up easily; she is determined to find her mother. An adventurous story with laughs, thrills and emotion. Written by Lemming Film

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If only wars looked like this
24 November 2018 | by bonziSee all my reviews

I get it - this is a film aimed at 10 year olds who should not be shocked with the actual horrors of war. The plight of the protagonist as she has to leave her home and try to somehow find her mother abroad is terrible enough. But the parents would be well advised to warn their children with whom they watch this film that actual wars are much, much worse.

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22 March 2017 (Netherlands) See more »

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When My Father Became a Bush See more »

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Zagreb, Croatia See more »

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