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by Mijke de Jong


13-year old Merel is a responsible, successful student who lives with her parents and seriously handicapped younger brother. But she’s not the happy girl you’d expect of someone her age. Deep down she harbours a secret. For no reason whatsoever, no matter where she goes, she’s hounded by a bunch of classmates. They bully her. As her situation worsens, Merel withdraws from her family. The bullying hardens her and gives her a push in the wrong direction. To overcome the madness, Merel will have to mature and decide what kind of girl she wants to be in the future.

original title: Bluebird
country: Netherlands
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Mijke de Jong
film run: 77'
release date: NL 10/04/2004
screenplay: Helena van der Meulen
cast: Elske Rotteveel, Kees Scholten, Elsie de Brauw, Jaap Spijkers, Bright O'Richards, Bente de Vries, Floris Heyne, Carmen Otten, Sharai Voet
cinematography by: Goert Giltay
film editing: Dorith Vinken
art director: Jolein Laarman
music: Monica Petit, Maartje Wevers
producer: Hans de Weers, Hans De Wolf, Suzanne Kunzeler, Margriet van de Water
production: Egmond Film and Television, NCRV - Nederland 1
backing: CoBo Fonds
distributor: 1 More Film
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