Simon and the oaks

Simon and the oaks

DVD - 2014 | Swedish
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An epic story about two families and their friendship and common destiny in Sweden's Gothenburg in the 1940s and 1950s. Told from the perspective of young Simon Larsson, who learns that he's an adopted child who has a Jewish father from Germany. After WWII Simon travels to explore his roots - a journey that leads to the basic mysteries of the human life. After the bestselling novel by Marianne Fredriksson. Winner and nominee of four Film Festivals including Guldbagge Awards, Palm Springs International Film Festival and Goteborg Film Festival.
Publisher: [S.l.] : RLJ Entertainment, c2014.
Branch Call Number: DVD FILM SIM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Franln Jul 12, 2017

A well done foreign film with an intriguing story.

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akirakato
Jul 27, 2016

This is a 2011 Swedish drama directed by Lisa Ohlin, based on a 1985 novel with the same name by Marianne Fredriksson.
Growing up in a working-class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg during World War II, Simon always felt different.
Against his parents' approval, he seeks education in the arts, normally not attended by members of the working class.
There he meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who fled persecution in Nazi Germany.
The lives of the two boys and their families intertwine as the war rages in Europe.
It is an emotionally driven, suspenseful and thought-provoking drama with uncanny twists and turns.

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Je3000
Feb 02, 2016

A very good movie.

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molly
Apr 10, 2015

This is a very good film..beautiful and moving. Winner of awards

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Arjava
Jan 27, 2015

Treats issue of adoption and attachments, with insight and great depth of feeling.

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riita
Sep 29, 2014

This was a wonderful film. German and Swedish language. Very emotional towards the end. The actors were well cast and the orchestral and violin music was great. I got a little tearful at the end.

voisjoe1 Jul 21, 2014

The first half of the film deals with the Nazi threats against Jews living in Scandinavia and the non-Jews that harbor them. This part was very, very good. Then there seemed to be a ten minute lull, where I wasn’t so sure how good the film was. But believe me, the second half almost seemed like a second story. And boy, this second story just blew me away! It is so good to come away from a film, just overwhelmed with emotion. If you like this film, get The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and see if you get the same effect.The star, Bill skarsgard, is the son of the famous Swedish actor, Stellan Skarsgard. A little more than 50% of the critics loved the film, but the other critics thought it was a little soapy. Maybe I am just a sucker for this kind of film.

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Jan 27, 2015

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