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Foreign Flick Friday: Dutch Drama Brings Perspective, Warmth


Akkie, like all 8th graders, is an amalgam of many changing qualities—pretty and tough, she’s bold and she doesn’t pay too much heed to Joep, the classmate who has a crush on her and teases that girls can’t play sports. More than anything, she loves to play soccer, and her greatest concern as the schoolyear draws to a close is the annual school tournament. That is, until Akkie is diagnosed with leukemia. Then she and her friends have to band together for another type of competition: One against illness and time, where love always wins.

Director Dennis Bots’ Cool Kids Don’t Cry is the winner of multiple international awards, including a Golden Film Award, a Rembrandt Award for Best Dutch Youth Film, a TIFF Kids Audience Award for Best Feature Film, and Best Children’s Film at the China International Children’s Film Festival.1  A 2014 Norwegian remake by Katarina Launing also gained critical acclaim.

{{Looking for tips on how to use films & shows to improve your language skills? See our inaugural Foreign Flick Friday post.}}

It’s movie night, so grab the popcorn (and maybe the tissues) and watch this trailer with us! Then tell us what you think @LeadWLanguages on social media.

Interested in other films starring courageous young heroines? Check out Nil Battey Sannata, Dhanak, or Wadjda from previous weeks!

Or wondering where to explore the Dutch language, especially if classes are not currently available at your school? Try an app, online program, social network, or tutoring service and let us know about the experience.

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