The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.
Ulrik is reluctantly let out of prison after serving 12 years for murder. He has to cope with his gang, his ex, a few women - and a snitch. His son has a fiancé. Her family doesn't approve ... See full summary »
The story of 15-year old Mirush. He travels to Norway to find his father, as he left the family in the lurch when Mirush was small. Now his dad is running a restaurant in Oslo's backyards ... See full summary »
Enrico Lo Verso,
Glenn Andre Kaada
Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the island Bastoy, located in the Oslo fjord live a group of delinquent, young boys aged 11 to 18. The boys daily, sadistic regime is run by the guards and the principal who bestow both mental and physical abuse on them. Instead of the boys being straightened out with education they end up being used as cheap, manual labor. The boys attempt to survive by adapting to their inhumane conditions. One day a new boy, Erling (17), arrives with his own agenda; how to escape from the island. How far is he willing to go in order to get his freedom? Written by
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Where are you going now? Manager's galley boy.
Don't blame me that you broke the rules.
Was it easier for you to read me the rules than to tell the manager what Bråthen does with Ivar in the laundry room? Or the rules are like that too?
You promised me, you devil.
Or do you dare not say anything, now that you're about to get your signature?
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The Prison Industrial Complex is a worldwide phenomenon that seems to have been with us just about Forever; and Hollywood (among many others) has milked the idea for just about all it's worth; hence, the all-too-familiar chain of events depicted in THE KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND. The names and the faces may be new to us, but the transgressions are as old as the Institution(s). But that doesn't mean that THE KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND is just another run-of-the-mill prison movie; it's not: it's an exceptionally well-crafted look at what happens to two young inmates- Erling and Olav- and those with whom they come into contact. That it's "based on a true story" makes it even more compelling. It's too bad that more movies of this caliber aren't produced: THE KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND reaffirms one's faith in the possibilities of solid filmmaking.
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