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Evil (2003)

Ondskan (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 September 2003 (Sweden)
A teenage boy expelled from school for fighting arrives at a boarding school where the systematic bullying of younger students is encouraged as a means to maintain discipline, and decides to fight back.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Tanguy
Fredrik af Trampe ...
von Schenken
Richard Danielsson ...
Martin Svane ...
Rustan Blomqvist ...
Peter Eggers ...
Von Rosen
Per Westergren ...
Henrik Linnros ...
Theodor Hoffsten ...
Sannamari Patjas ...


Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. Written by Mikael

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's time to take a stand.




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Release Date:

26 September 2003 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Evil  »


Box Office


SEK 20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

SEK 7,008,000 (Sweden), 12 September 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,448, 12 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,280, 7 May 2006
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After the film's final fight scene, Fredrik af Trampe asked a make-up girl take a Polaroid of him in his post-fight make up, which featured blood coming out of his mouth and nostrils. He gave the picture to his mother, who had it framed and still has it on her bedside table. See more »


It is sometime after Christmas when Erik is trying to see the Finnish girl for the last time but there are yellow and falling leaves visible behind him. See more »


Headmaster: There is only one word for people like you, and that is "evil"
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »


Vita Syrener
Performed by Inger Berggren
With the kind permission of Wilhelm Hansen Edition AS and Universal Music AB
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Beyond the Limits of Cruelty
18 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

In Sweden, Erik Ponti (Andreas Wilson) is the son of a remiss mother, and his stepfather gives sadistic beatings on him, using the most futile pretexts, without any interference of his mother. His dysfunctional family makes him a very violent teenager, culminating with his expulsion from the public school system in Sweden, due to a fight and aggression against another pupil. His mother sells some belongings of her and sends him to the elitist private school of Stjärnberg, as his last chance to complete his basic education. However, behind the name of the expensive and conservative school, there is a code of (dis)honor among the students, where the younger and those who belong to the lower social classes are humiliated by the veterans and those who belong to the high social classes without any questioning of the director. Erik feels like in hell while studying in Stjärnberg.

"Evil" is a stunning movie, which shows the danger of the power in wrong hands. Indeed, it is a psychological study of violence, which leads to cruelty. It explains the social behavior of, for example, street children in Brazil, who are sent very young to state reformatories and become cruel criminals when adults. The story is very engaging and the performance of the cast is outstanding, highlighting Andreas Wilson and his greatest opponent, the sadistic Otto Silverhielm (Gustaf Skarsgard). This movie shakes the viewers and in the end, we are cheering to Erik's revenge, wishing him to kill his aggressors, in a total inversion of the moral values. The DVD released by the Brazilian distributor VF Vídeo Filmes shows also a total lack of respect with the Brazilian consumers: in the Extras, there is an interview in Swedish with the director Mikael Häfström and the making-of, both without sub-titles, as if Brazilian people could understand this language. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Evil – Raízes do Mal" ("Evil – Roots of Evil")

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