Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet

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Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet
Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet 2012 poster.jpg
Directed byDennis Bots
Written byKarin van Holst Pellekaan, Jacques Vriens
Based onAchtste-groepers huilen niet
by Jacques Vriens
StarringHanna Obbeek, Nils Verkooijen, Fiona Livingston
Music byJohan Hoogewijs
CinematographyGerd Schelfhout
Edited byPhilippe Ravoet
Bijker Productions, Rinkel Film, Evangelische Omroep
Distributed byDutch FilmWorks, Capelight Pictures
Release date
  • 15 February 2012 (2012-02-15) (Netherlands)
Running time
96 minutes

Achtste Groepers Huilen Niet (English: Eighth 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 (pronounced as Ah-key) (Hanna Obbeek) is an 8th grade student. In her free time she enjoys to play football. She has a few good friends and likes most of the kids in her class. However, there is one boy she hates. His name is Joep (pronounced as Yoop) and the two have a row every other day. But one day, when the class plays football during lunch break, Joep goes too far and hurts Elise, Akkies best friend. Akkie wants to take revenge and after school, Joep and Akkie start a fight. The fight ends soon, because their teachers finds out about it. Akkies nose is bleeding when she returns home. Later that evening, her nose spontaneously starts bleeding again. Her mother is worried and takes her daughter to see a doctor. Things take a turn for the tragic when Akkie discovers she has leukemia. Despite this, Akkie tries to keep busy helping prepare for the next football tournament. Her friends support her, but Akkie is discouraged when she has to spend several days in the hospital. Still, she is desperate to go on a school camp where she plays various games. When they play hide and seek, Akkie hides in a tree. She can't come down herself and eventually Joep climbs in the tree to help her get down. From that moment on, the two are friends. The same day, Akkie suddenly passes out. She has to be taken to hospital.

Akkie starts chemotherapy, but because the leukemia is so aggressive, Akkie begins to realize that she probably will not survive. In an emotional scene, Akkie learns that the cancer has spread to her brain and that she has a terminal illness. She asks her best friend Elise (Fiona Livingston) to play on her behalf in the football tournament, since she knows she will not be able to attend the tournament on her own. This leads her teammates to play an impromptu game at the hospital, where Akkies bed is in a room facing the field so she can watch the game. Happily watching them play, Akkie dies peacefully. Her classmates will honour Akkie in the school tournament, where she attends in spirit through her classmates wearing her name on his uniforms and banners throughout the area.





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