This insightful, excellent drama is based on a popular novel from the 1930s and is the second cinematic version of the story of young Whitey (Eric Clerckx). Whitey and his family live in poverty in Flanders, working for a wealthy farmer. Whitey's main passion is reading, although he has no affection for school or for farm work. His hyperactive imagination finds an outlet with his friends, as he sets them up to play-act battles from literature. In order to feed his reading habit Whitey borrows or steals to get books. Already in trouble and not yet out of school, Whitey's future looks bleak -- he was born in the wrong social register at the wrong time. - Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide
Бельгия, 1930-е годы. История 13-го мальчишки по имени Белобрысый, похожего не только на героя популярного фильма «Акла», но и на его судьбу: тяжкие жестокие отношения в семье, безденежье, приключения голышом на речке. Мальчик находит отдушину в книгах и в церкви, куда он ходит служить. Его считают неисправимым, и однажды он этого не вынесет и решит утопиться…
|Filasse (French title)||Belgium|
|De Witte - landsbyens lømmel||Denmark|
|De Witte van Sichem (Flemish title)||Belgium|
|Eric Clerckx ||De Witte|
16 May 2009
Eric Clerckx stars as a trouble making adolescent nicknamed Whitey by his friends. He does not get along with his strict parents, who want him to be more responsible. The movie wants us to take Whitey's side, but the parents are trying to get by on the meager farm they run. The problem is Whitey is not a little child, but a young man. The reality of the time was most boys worked on the farm when they reached adolescence. They could do the work that a farm hand would charge to do.
The film takes place in the early 20th Century, where it was expected a young man of Whitey's age would be able to contribute to the family. Eric Clerckx is very good as the boy, and the actors portraying the family members are also quite good. A good movie on responsibility, even if the film maker had another agenda in mind.