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Kongen av Bastøy (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 17 December 2010 (Norway)
Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?

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Olav / C-1
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Magnus Langlete ...
Ivar / C-5
Morten Løvstad ...
Øystein (as Morten Strøm)
Daniel Berg ...
Johan
Odin Gineson Brøderud ...
Magnar Botten ...
Lillegutt
Markus Brustad ...
Jan
Agnar Jeger Holst ...
Arne
Tommy Jakob Håland ...
Terje
Richard Safin ...
Eirik
Frank-Thomas Andersen ...
Gårdsgutt Bjarne (as Frank-Thomas H. Andersen)
Arne Brønstad ...
Husfar Kjell
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Storyline

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 JRN

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Budget:

NOK 54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$554, 16 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,166, 5 February 2012
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The film was shot in 54 days. See more »

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The movie grossly exaggerates the size of the lead ship of the Norwegian Navy at the time.

As the boys are trying to escape the island, at about 1 hour 34 minutes, the Battleship "Norge" appears in the fog. The "Norge" was a small 300 ft pre-dreadnought - significantly smaller than modern day Frigate. If one assumes that the men seen on deck, are about 1.7 meters tall, the ship in the movie is more than 3 times as large as the actual "Norge" - comparable to a modern day Aircraft Carrier. See more »

Quotes

Erling: Where are you going now? Manager's galley boy.
Olav: Don't blame me that you broke the rules.
Erling: 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?
Olav: You promised me, you devil.
Erling: Or do you dare not say anything, now that you're about to get your signature?
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Sigur 1 (Untitled)
Performed by Sigur Rós
Music & Lyrics by Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm, Orri P. Dyrason
Universal Music Publishing Scandinavia AB
(P) 2002 FatCat Records
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Unrelenting spirit uplifts this great film

Heart rendering true story about an uprising at a notorious correctional facility for juveniles on a Norwegian island. When a new prisoner arrives Erling (Ben Helstand), his unrelenting passion to escape, prevail against repression, and rebel against authority figures immediately puts him in hot water. The young men in this facility must endure horrendous conditions, as well as physical and mental abuse daily. Eriling's unflinching bravery eventually and collectively inspires and galvanizes these young men together in their life altering uprising against oppression.

At first, the young men are unnamed (assigned numbers), completely alone, and without much hope for the future. However, Eriling's tenacious spirit leads to uniting broken spirits, establishing relationships, and not to be afraid to follow your dreams. The cinematography and barren landscape perfectly captures and enhances the cold- hearted spirit of the corrections facility, and the people who run it. The metaphor that is used throughout the film, and the evolving story of the "harpooner" is just perfect. Never falls victim to cheap melodrama; inspirational and touching. Impressive achievement by director Marius Hoist. Both performances by Stellan Skarsgard and Benjamin Heistad are simply marvelous.


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