Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet

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"Cool Kids Don't Cry" redirects here. For the 2014 Norweigan film, see Kule Kidz Gråter Ikke. For the 1999 book, see Achtste-groepers huilen niet.
Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet
Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet 2012 poster.jpg
Directed by Dennis Bots
Written by Karin van Holst Pellekaan, Jacques Vriens
Based on Achtste-groepers huilen niet 
by Jacques Vriens
Starring Hanna Obbeek, Nils Verkooijen, Fiona Livingston
Music by Johan Hoogewijs
Cinematography Gerd Schelfhout
Edited by Philippe Ravoet
Bijker Productions, Rinkel Film, Evangelische Omroep
Distributed by Dutch FilmWorks, Capelight Pictures
Release dates
  • February 15, 2012 (2012-02-15) (Netherlands)
Running time 96 minutes
Country Netherlands
Language Dutch

Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet (English: Sixth Graders Don't Cry, also known as Cool Kids Don't Cry) is a 2012 family drama that was directed by Dennis Bots. The film is an adaptation of the Dutch book of the same name by Jacques Vriens. It was first released into cinemas in the Netherlands on February 15, 2012, and has won a 2012 Golden Film Award.


Akkie (Hanna Obbeek) is a 6th grader that absolutely adores soccer and can't wait until the school tournament at the end of the year. Her classmate Joep (Nils Verkooijen) makes fun of her for this in the hopes of catching her attention, as he has a crush on Akkie. Things take a turn for the tragic when Akkie discovers that she has leukemia. Despite this, Akkie tries to keep herself busy by helping to prepare for the upcoming soccer tournament. Her friends are supportive, but Akkie grows despondent when she has to spend several days in the hospital. Akkie grows progressively weaker until one day she finds that she cannot play with her classmates as she once did, making it necessary for Joep to discreetly help cover for her when she climbs a tree and can't climb down on her own.

Akkie begins chemotherapy but because the leukemia is so aggressive, Akkie begins to realize that she will likely not survive. She asks one of her friends to play on her behalf, as she knows that she will not be able to attend the tournament herself. This prompts her classmates to play an impromptu match at the hospital, where Akkie's bed is wheeled out onto the field. Happily watching them play, Akkie passes away peacefully. Her classmates go on to honor Akkie at the school tournament, where she attends in spirit via her classmates wearing her name on their uniforms and on banners throughout the area.





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