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King of Devil's Island (2010)
"Kongen av Bastøy" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Drama  |  17 December 2010 (Norway)
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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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Erling / C-19
Trond Nilssen ...
Olav / C-1
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Bestyreren
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Bråthen
Magnus Langlete ...
Ivar / C-5
Morten Løvstad ...
Øystein
Daniel Berg ...
Johan
Odin Gineson Brøderud ...
Axel
Magnar Botten ...
Lillegutt
Markus Brustad ...
Jan
Agnar Jeger Holst ...
Arne
Tommy Jakob Håland ...
Terje
Richard Safin ...
Eirik
Frank-Thomas Andersen ...
Bjarne
Nils-Fredrik Tveter ...
Husfar
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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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NOK 54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$554 (USA) (16 December 2011)

Gross:

$7,166 (USA) (3 February 2012)
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Erling: Let me go, let me go...
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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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Intense, Well-Made Character-Driven Prison Thriller
26 October 2013 | by (Corning, California) – See all my reviews

In the U.S., Alcatraz used to serve as a prison known to the inmates as "The Rock," a place where criminals were sent in a boat, the island from which few had ever been known to escape. In Norway, until 1957, criminal children, even those committing relatively minor crimes were sent to an Island Prison on the island of Batsoy, another dismal isolation from which there was supposedly no escape. "The King of Devil's Island" as another young man arrives after committing a murder, consigned to the prison's special diet of silence and discipline, work amid dismally spartan conditions. The new inmate, after the usual give and take with more dominant prisoners, most of them young teens, manages to find himself a friend, sharing his plan to be the first to attempt a getaway.

Animosity between the inmates and those in charge, one of them an unregenerate pedophile and another taking money that should go to the welfare of the prisoners, develops quickly, and a steady intensity is constantly building--not with the buckets of profanity that pepper an American prison film, but a series of darker, psychological twists evolving from our knowledge of many of the young men involved.

Although in color, the atmosphere is dark, the skies seldom blue, the woods dark, the walks snowy: it is a moody film, but never lets the tension loosen much. I found it gripping and intense, building to a smashing final scene: not necessarily conclusive, but totally satisfying. The acting is universally excellent, the underlying music score appropriate without being intrusive. This well-made film was fully worthy of my time.


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