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The secret letter: a film to the book of Dutch writer Jan Terlouw
Director: Simone van Dusseldorp
Dutch with English subtitles
Duration: 87 minutes
** Winner of the Jury Prize, Best Dutch Children’s Film, Cinekid 2010**
In this adaptation of the successful children’s book by Jan Terlouw, eleven-year-old Eva runs away from her quarrelling parents and hides out with her best friends Jackie and Thomas. When Eva finds a secret letter and gets caught in the garden of neighbour Brandsma, the head of a criminal organization, her plan gets an unexpected turn. Brandsma tells Eva that her father works for him. Eva does not believe him, but the more she finds out, the more it seems likely that he is.
“Secret Letter” is an exciting film about friendship, mystery and adventure. The importance of friendship between the three youngsters forms a central theme. Her friends do not only support her when Eva wants to run away, but also when she returns with a big secret: they all swear to keep it a secret. The friendship supports Eva in her search for the truth, in contrast with the lack of trust in her parents: is her father working for criminal Brandsma or not? To find this out, Eva is not just following Brandsma’s words, but is taking control herself. With her friends she investigates the situation. A big portion of courage and adventurous conditions makes this film smooth and interesting from beginning to end.
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