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Cool! (2004)

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Release Date
 USA: Apr 17, 2005
DVD Release Date
 R1: Oct 18, 2005

Budget EUR 300,000

Running Time
1 hour, 29 minutes

Country Netherlands

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• Cool! (2004)



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Genre: Crime, Romance, Drama, Experimental

Plot: Though his shocking murder at the hands of an Islamic extremist in November, 2004, has generated a worldwide interest in the films of Theo Van Gogh, he has long been a prominent filmmaker in his home country of the Netherlands. Known for his propensity to address controversial subjects that no one else would dare to touch--as well as his blood relation to Vincent Van Gogh--he was killed by an assailant reacting to his short film SUBMISSION, which condemns Muslim subjugation of women. The director's last feature effort before his untimely death, COOL! was made with the students at Amsterdam's Glenn Mills Reform School, as well as well-known actors Johnny de Mol and Katja Schuurman. The story follows a group of five young hooligans and best friends: Abdel, Mohammed, Hamid, Jacky, and Jeffrey. Mostly immigrant and all disaffected, their petty crimes are elevated to a new level when Abdel gets to know beautiful bank teller Mabel, the girlfriend of a gang leader, Prof, whom Abdel admires. Prof hatches a plan to rob the bank, but the boys are instead caught and sent to reform school, where they struggle to cultivate a sense of respect for themselves and society. Set to a hip-hop soundtrack, Van Gogh has crafted a hip crime drama that makes good use of its unprofessional cast, as well

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 Directed by
Theo van Gogh
06/05, Baby Blue, Zien
 Written by
Theodor Holman
Interview, Medea
Gijs van de Westelaken
06/05, Interview, Visions of Europe
 Cast
Katja Schuurman
Minoes, Costa!, Oysters at Nam Kee's
Johnny de Mol
Simon, Vet hard, 06/05
[more]
 Music By
Rainer Hensel
06/05, Interview, Baby Blue



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