In the Netherlands we have a famous writer, Carry Slee. She writes books for children and adults aswell. When I was 10 years old I read the book Spijt, which means regret. When I saw the trailer for the first time I really wanted to see this film. Not only because I’ve read the book years ago and knows the story but because the trailer was so good, full of emotion.
The story is about a highschool boy, Jochem (Stefan Collier) who got bullied by some of his classmates because of his overweight. His books and clothes got stolen, the bullies make him do their jobs and even got him drunk. Everybody in the class sees it happen, but no one really stands op for him. The two people who does stand up to the bullying, gets bullied themselves. These two classmates, Vera (Doris Witte) and David (Robin Boissevain), are the best ‘friends’ Jochem has. But despite of the efforts to help Jochem, it turns out to be too late. The popular class mentor sees nothing and does nothing about it. He thinks everything is just a joke and you should laugh about it.
I’m not always a big fan of Dutch films, maybe because it’s my mother language and therefore you see more flaws in acting.The only real critical thing was that sometime the expression of real pain is not there, but the actors are all young so they’re still learning. However, this film really got to me because it’s an appealing genre. Everybody has to deal with bullies at least once in their life and it’s good to see what kind of damage bullies can cause. In this story Jochem not only gets bullied verbally but also physically, which got totally out of hand at one fatal night. It also shows that even when you’re not one of the bullies but just an outstander who does nothing about it, just let it happen, you are responsible. Sometime I really thought to myself: “Why isn’t anyone doing something about it!” and to Jochem: “Slap them in their faces.” But then of course, that’s easy to say. The film was actually part of an education package in the Netherlands in 2012 to make harassments negotiable. I think it’s good for everyone who’s at school to watch Spijt!, because being bullied is for some people, unfortunately, a daily occurrence.
- Bullying in the 21st Century (jasongrafblog.wordpress.com)