In Oranje 2004
1h 30min | Drama, Family, Music | 28 April 2004 (Netherlands)
An 11 year old talented soccerplayer, Remco, has one big dream: to be selected for the national team under 12 years. His father Erik coaches him and everything seems to work out fine, until Erik suddenly dies. Remco and mother Sylvia are shocked. Remco keeps working to fulfil his dream, being helped by his friends Anne and Winston.
This movie is better than one would suspect. After spotting the movie poster I thought this would be one of those happy-family-show at Christmas-movies. But, there’s more than the obvious in this movie. After the big turn, the death of Remco’s father, the life of the boy changes dramatically. The evolution of the kid is filmed very well.
However, Jean vd Velde didn’t forget the (mid-aged)kids. So, this movie contains enough for them to be entertained, creating a nice mix of football(soccer)action combined with psychology.
After all, a very entertaining movie. Not a masterpiece, but very good. Especially considering the Dutch movie budgets, which of course are not to be compared with the Hollywood budgets.
Director: Joram Lürsen
Writer: Frank Ketelaar
Stars: Yannick van de Velde, Thomas Acda, Wendy van Dijk