Ciske de Rat 1984
1h 46m | Drama | 29 March 1984 (Netherlands)
11 year old Amsterdam schoolboy Ciske, a scamp with a heart of gold, causes havoc in the classroom pouring ink over his teacher. Yet when a polio-crippled boy joins the class Ciske is one of the only children to befriend him and is bullied as a result. His mother works in a bar and Ciske helps out often late into the night – his father is at sea and his mother supplements her income with prostitution. Ciske also smolders with rage at life’s injustices.
There is just something about European movies that makes me watch more of them. My sympathies lies with the main character from the onset of the movie, even though he had a rough start. As the movie unveils you learn to know his character more and more and you realise that there is a whole different side to this poor boy’s life, different from the image you get of him in the first few moments of the story. Most of the acting was good, bearing in mind that there are lots of children in this movie. Most of the acting was moderately convincing too. And a few moments surprised me, as I read the book too long ago that this story is based on and I’m not sure everything happened as it did in the book. It is a relatively long movie and as soon as a movie succeeds in keeping your attention for so long I think it deserves a thumbs up. People who like dramatic stories with children as main characters should love this. The combination of protagonist and quite a number of antagonist roles makes the story-line interesting and if the first few minutes do not bore you (well, not all people are into dramas and older movies), I am sure you will love the movie as much as I did.
Director: Guido Pieters
Writers: Piet Bakker (novel), Karin Loomans
Stars: Danny de Munk, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Herman van Veen
David (verified owner) –
Extremely happy to add new movies to my Collection. This movie was much better than I thought it to be. Reaches to the heart and speaks to the soul. A most see and make sure there a box of Kleenex near.
robert (verified owner) –
his mother was a real bitch in the movie. she blamed every thing on the kid.
allan (verified owner) –
good quality playback with no problem with subtitles
pleased with purchase
Anonymous (verified owner) –
At first, there seems to be no redeeming qualities to 11-year-old Amsterdam schoolboy, Ciske. In the opening, he pours ink over his teacher’s head. Later, he sets the house on fire while fighting with his Mom. But I quickly began to have sympathy for Ciske as we learn more about his horrible home life. He is mistreated by his Mom and her boyfriends and clearly has no use for him. Later on in the movie, she even locks him in a cage. His father whom he worships is away at sea. We soon begin to see the good in Ciske. He is the only schoolmate to befriend a crippled boy. He is bullied on account of this. Life is not easy for Ciske. When his father comes back, he tells Ciske he is going to divorce his mother and introduces him to his new fiancée. She takes to him quickly and is a ray of hope in his bleak life. As things take a turn for the worse, I worried this film was going to have a sad ending as these types of dramas often do. But to my delight, things turn out happy for Ciske. I really enjoyed this film and highly recommend it.
Matthew (verified owner) –
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