Up 7,741 this week

Children's Island (1980)
"Barnens ö" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 503 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 1 critic

Reine is supposed to go to a summer camp called 'Childrens island' but decides to remain in Stockholm over the summer while his mother is working at a hospital. She thinks he is at the camp... See full summary »



(book), , 2 more credits »
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 30 Apr 2011
a list of 92 titles
created 11 Dec 2011
a list of 1118 titles
created 24 Aug 2012
a list of 23 titles
created 16 Nov 2012

Search for "Barnens ö" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Children's Island (1980)

Children's Island (1980) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Children's Island.
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


Credited cast:
Tomas Fryk ...
Reine Larsson
Anita Ekström ...
Harriet Larsson
Ingvar Hirdwall ...
Stig Utler
Börje Ahlstedt ...
Lars-Erik Berenett ...
Hjördis Petterson ...
Sif Ruud ...
Mrs. Bergman-Ritz
Lena Granhagen ...
Majlis Granlund ...
Malin Ek ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bissa Abelli ...
Member of theatre group
Christer Banck ...
Sune Bergsten ...
Guy in "Gang of Death"
Björn Borg ...
Per Carleson ...
Member of theatre group


Reine is supposed to go to a summer camp called 'Childrens island' but decides to remain in Stockholm over the summer while his mother is working at a hospital. She thinks he is at the camp and he tells her he his. We then follow him around Stockholm that summer and see what he encounter on the path of life. Written by Mikael Ahkoila <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


efter P.C. Jersilds succé-roman.




See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

25 December 1980 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Barnens ö  »

Box Office


SEK 8,941,897 (Sweden)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

" Being in Charge of things when you are alone, means being in control "
16 April 2010 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In the 1980's this film arrived at theaters in Stockholm and soon garnered surprising praise and accolades. This is not uncommon as Swedish directors are not as hung up or uptight about life as Americans who are easily offended. This imaginative, stirring, unabashed and wonderful film, originally called 'Children's island' became " Barnens O " for the Cinema. With a refreshing sense of originality, it tell the story of Reine Larsson (Tomas Fryk) an eleven-year-old Swedish boy on the verge of puberty. Noticeably disturbed by the onset of his twelfth birthday, he displays a deep seated fear he will become as corrupt as every other adult. Living with his single mother, Harriet (Anita Hirdwall) and her abusive boyfriend Stig (Ingvar Hirdwall) in a less fashionable part of the city, he is informed he will be going to Camp for the summer. Realizing this is not his choice, he decides to forgo Camp and instead spend his vacation wondering throughout the city. Once he tricks his mother, he soon discovers each day must be recorded in his journal as he is certain each brings him closer to maturity and death, something which he dreads with impending doom. The movie becomes one long segment of Home Alone (Swedish Style). Traveling about, he encounters the lessons of life with stark brutality. Seeking the 'Purity' of first love, he is threatened with many dangers, and somehow discovers each has cost him a bit of innocence. The film is long on story and punctuated with brief nudity and stark images which only the Swedes could offer an audience. The main star, Tomas Fryk personifies the true talent of an emerging Thespian. Recommeded to anyone longing for an honest portrayal of youthful adolescence. ****

11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Barn Scene? troytrd
Why scandinavian societies are so different? bluealbatross-1
Tomas Fryk is brilliant danno02-1
not suitable for all. bluealbatross-1
'Barnens ö' Facebook Fan Page Spinarius
Banned In Australia. Evilmick
Discuss Children's Island (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: