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Simon & the Oaks (2011)
"Simon och ekarna" (original title)

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Two boys come of age in Sweden during World War II.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Sjöholm ...
Karin Larsson, Simon's mother
Ruben Lentov, Isak's father
Stefan Gödicke ...
Erik Larsson, Simon's father
Karl Linnertorp ...
Jonatan S. Wächter ...
Karl Martin Eriksson ...
Josefin Neldén ...
Lena Nylén ...
Olga Lentov, Isak's mother
Cecilia Nilsson ...
Inga, Erik's cousin
Jan-Erik Emretsson ...
Neighbour Klas
Pär Brundin ...
Neighbour Åke
Frederik Nilsson ...


Epic story about two families and their friendship and common destiny in Sweden's Gothenburg in the 1940s and 1950s. Told from the perspective of young Simon Larsson, who learns that he's an adopted child who has a Jewish father from Germany. After WWII Simon travels to explore his roots - a journey that leads to the basic mysteries of the human life. After the bestselling novel by Marianne Fredriksson. Written by Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv

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Simple plot but interesting heart filled execution
3 July 2012 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Simon och ekarna – Simon & the Oaks – CATCH IT (A-) Swedish movie about two families, their friendship and common destiny in Sweden's Gothenburg in the 1940s and 1950s during World War II. The movie is told from young Simon Larsson perspective, who learns that he's an adopted child who has a Jewish father from Germany. The story in the backdrop of World War II in Sweden is really simple but what makes this interesting is the heart hitting performance by all the actors. It's just so uplifting to see how a poor father found the son he always wanted in the rich father's son and the rich father found the son he ever wanted at this poor family. Even though I loved the movie, I have to admit that the movie is much more fascinated when the kids were young. When they grow up, the relationship becomes more complicated and some of the things I didn't like e.g Simon disrespecting his mother. Though Simon was shown self centered from childhood but his leaving his mother behind led to her heart break and ultimate consequences. The performances by young Simon Jonatan S. Wächter and young Isak Karl Martin Eriksson are tremendous. Bill Skarsgård as adult Simon is great, and how he turned in to the obnoxious ungrateful person is interesting. Helen Sjöholm as Simon's mother and Isak's caretaker is such superb. I loved her portrayal. Stefan Gödicke as father of a poor family and Jan Josef Liefers Karl Linnertorp as father of the rich family are good. Overall, with stunning performance and cinematography the movie is a treat to watch.

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