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Lepel (2005)
Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen (director) / Mieke de Jong (screenplay)

In this charming family film from the Netherlands, a boy who believes his name is "Lepel" runs away from the mean button thief who has watched over him since his parents disappeared.

If you have come to this website looking for information about this film, I will have to refer you elsewhere. I have never seen it and all I know about it I found on the web. (See for instance, here and here.)

However, the little bit I have seen suggests that this movie might have enough math in it to justify its inclusion on my website. If you are someone who has seen the movie, I would very much appreciate your comments. For instance, I know that

  • One of the "bad guys" is Lepel's teacher who only wants him back because his mathematical talents benefit the school in competitions.
  • In one scene, nine year old Lepel teaches an adult to drive. Apparently, the way the young boy understands driving is somehow mathematical, but I'm not sure exactly what that means.
If I ever get the opportunity to see this movie, I will update this entry appropriately. Until then, I very much look forward to assistance from anyone who has seen it and can comment on its mathematical content.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. Geek High by Piper Banks
  3. Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen Headley
  4. Hannah, Divided by Adele Griffin
  5. Mean Girls by Tina Fey (screenplay) / Mark S. Waters (director)
  6. The Square Root of Murder by Paul Zindel
  7. Recess (Episode: A Genius Among Us) by Brian Hamill
  8. Sophie's Diary by Dora Musielak
  9. The Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius by Janice Repka
  10. The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods by Ann Cameron
Ratings for Lepel:
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GenreChildren's Literature,
MotifProdigies, Math Education,

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