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Ciske the Rat (1984)

Drama • 110 minutes  7/10
Starring: Danny de Munk Willeke van Ammelrooy Herman van Veen Willem Nijholt Peter Faber Rijk de Gooyer Linda van Dyck Carolien van den Berg and others.
Director: Guido Pieters Writer: Piet Bakker
Released • April 29, 1984

Lovable Amsterdam street urchin, 11 year old Ciske is nevertheless much in need of love as the German 1955 title suggests. He is a scamp with a heart of gold. He 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 is also a very angry young man and he smoulders with rage at life's injustices.

A.K.A. DE: Ciske, die Ratte  ES: Ciske, el rata  FR: Ciske de Rat  PT: Ciske de Rat  RU: Ciske de Rat