Little Crumb | Chicago Reader

Little Crumb

A likable adapation of Chris Van Abkoude's 1922 Dutch memoir, a literary descendant of Dickens and Twain that was hugely popular in its day. Ten-year-old Kruimeltje (Ruud Feltkamp), abandoned at birth by his unwed mother, bounces from one caretaker to the next but mostly lives in the streets of Rotterdam, hustling odd jobs, stealing food, sleeping on piers and in alleys, and trying to elude the police. The episodic structure makes for an arresting story at first, though the final third of the film is overloaded with coincidences. Feltkamp is charismatic in the lead role, and Sacha Bulthuis gives a solid performance as the boy's stingy guardian; Maria Peters directed her own screenplay. 119 min.

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