Much more than another coming of age movie – Ciske the rat is a fine example of Dutch cinema. If you are fond of treble music, you will definitely notice the song at the beginning performed by Danny De Munk (a famous singer from the Netherlands) who plays the troubled young lad – Ciske.
The childhood of Ciske is not easy – his father is sailing away, and his mother does not really care about him. With a rebellious spirit, the young Ciske spends most of his time on the streets of Amsterdam. No one pays attention to the lonely boy. Trying to cope with the harsh life and attract some love and sympathy, he has troubles with the law and even spends some time in prison. I really admired how he protected himself there – if only all people were as strong as he turned out to be.
Ciske has a generous heart, and when his teacher notices that, he tries to help the young lad take the right path.
Ciske the Rat is a powerful and graphically brutal drama that is sure to leave a long-lasting impression on anyone who has a chance to see it. I truly enjoyed watching it and highly recommend it.