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Simon & the Oaks (2011)

Simon och ekarna (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 9 December 2011 (Sweden)
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Two boys come of age in Sweden during World War II.

Director:

Lisa Ohlin

Writers:

Marnie Blok (script writer), Marianne Fredriksson (based on the novel by) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Skarsgård ... Simon
Helen Sjöholm Helen Sjöholm ... Karin
Jan Josef Liefers ... Ruben
Stefan Gödicke Stefan Gödicke ... Erik
Karl Linnertorp Karl Linnertorp ... Isak
Jonatan S. Wächter Jonatan S. Wächter ... Young Simon
Karl Martin Eriksson Karl Martin Eriksson ... Young Isak
Erica Löfgren Erica Löfgren ... Klara
Katharina Schüttler ... Iza
Josefin Neldén ... Mona
Lena Nylén Lena Nylén ... Olga
Cecilia Nilsson ... Inga
Jan-Erik Emretsson Jan-Erik Emretsson ... Neighbour Klas
Pär Brundin Pär Brundin ... Neighbour Åke
Frederik Nilsson Frederik Nilsson ... Teacher
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Storyline

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. Written by Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv

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Every family has a secret.

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jan Josef Liefers could not speak a word swedish. He learned to speak the Sound of the lines. See more »

Goofs

When they visit the Berlin Jewish cemetery at the end, there is a headstone for someone who was murdered in a concentration camp. But there are no such headstones, as concentration camp victims' bodies were burned and disposed of in the camps, they weren't brought back to cemeteries for burial. I must disagree. There are numerous headstones in Jewish cemeteries in Germany that list the names and dates of people having died in concentration camps. Thus a stone like the one depicted in the film, may well have existed. See more »

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Doin' The 360
Composer: Jason Luke
Arrangement: Rasmus Hansen
Performed by Sinatra Syndicate Big Band
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World War II the Swedish way
23 January 2012 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

Two boys meet at school in Gothenburg 1939. They become friends. One is a Jew and one is supposed not to be. One is upper middle class and one comes from a working class background.

Quite much is foreseeable here, but the greatest problem is the acting. Not that it's disastrous or even bad during the circumstances, but there are plenty of anachronisms here. From the laboring father, who is something out of the 60s, more than 1939. To the boys, who have a way of staring into the camera, which is common-piece in every Swedish movie, which tries to portrait harsh times. Especially if it's the 40s. "Something is going on inside that boy". The problem is that we know exactly what, when he has those eyes.

That is disturbing and takes quality out of this film.


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Country:

Sweden | Denmark | Germany | Norway

Language:

Swedish | German | Hebrew | English

Release Date:

9 December 2011 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Simon i hrastovi See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,964, 14 October 2012

Gross USA:

$150,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,505,573
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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