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Jongens (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 9 February 2014
A sexually awakening gay teen athlete finds himself in a budding relationship with his mutually attracted relay race teammate.

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Complete credited cast:
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Sieger
Ko Zandvliet ...
Marc
Jonas Smulders ...
Eddy
Ton Kas ...
Theo
Stijn Taverne ...
Stef
Myron Wouts ...
Tom
Ferdi Stofmeel ...
Coach
Lotte Razoux Schultz ...
Jessica
Rachelle Verdel ...
Kim
Julia Akkermans ...
Vriendin Eddy
Jeffrey Hamilton ...
Niclas
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Moeder Marc
Micha Hulshof ...
Jongen snackbar
Caroline Olde Rikkert ...
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BOYS tells the story of Sieger, a sporty, rather quiet 15-year-old boy who discovers love during the summer holidays. Sieger is training in the new athletics team for the national relay championships and meets the intriguing and unpredictable Marc. The friendship that develops seems nothing out of the ordinary, but Sieger secretly harbours stronger feelings for Marc. He engages in a lonely struggle with himself when it emerges that Marc is also in love with him. With his best friend Stef, Sieger discovers a motocross track outside the village. Events soon take on a momentum of their own as Sieger quickly becomes involved with Jessica. At last, he counts for something in the eyes of his tough older brother Eddy, who is secretly using the track to tear around on a moped. Sieger keeps quiet about this to his father, who often clashes with the rebellious Eddy since their mother's death. Sieger tries to make peace between the two, but his mind is elsewhere, as he finds it increasingly ... Written by Pupkin Film

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When Sieger and Marc talk about their families and get up to go eat sorbets, you can see the microphone attached to Marc's back under his shirt. See more »

Quotes

Sieger: [following his and Marc's first kiss] I'm not gay.
Marc: Of course you're not.
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Sincere and authentic teenage love story
9 February 2014 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This movie is a rare jewel.

Out of the gay "coming-of-age" stories I have seen, this one hit home the hardest for me. I never saw such an accurate portrayal of how it felt to fall in love when I was around fifteen years old myself. The acting in "Jongens" is amazingly natural and believable. Although it is isn't a high budget film, it doesn't detract from the experience at all. The cinematography and music perfectly accompany the drama.

Loving someone and not being able to show it. The elation of being in love, the lying awake and dreaming of someone, the enormous heartache felt when you still feel that showing what you really feel is impossible, driving you to do things that disgust and hurt you inside.

All children around the age of 11-15 should see this movie. And adults will understand and appreciate the drama, too, whether they are straight or gay. I don't remember seeing such an authentic portrayal of gay teenage love and of the difficulty gay teenagers experience even in a tolerant country such as the Netherlands.

Fantastic to see a gay-themed movie without anything remotely explicit, but that still so clearly shows the enormous tension and love between the lead characters. The German movie "Sommersturm" (Summer Storm) came close, but contains scenes that, while realistic and innocent too, may be found a little offensive by homophobes. "Jongens" is therefore the perfect movie to show to mixed crowds, and to educate people on the normality of being gay. This is the kind of movie a gay kid might show his parents.

Huge compliments to the makers for such a fantastically realistic portrayal of gay teenagers. Let's hope this movie will be shown to children all over the world, for homophobia is still rampant in so many countries. And this sincere drama won't offend even the most uneducated and intolerant person, if they are willing to learn the truth.


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