6.7/10
688
8 user 2 critic

Barnens ö (1980)

Reine is supposed to go to a summer camp called Children's Island but decides to remain in Stockholm over the summer while his mother is working at a hospital. She thinks he is at the camp,... See full summary »

Director:

Kay Pollak

Writers:

P.C. Jersild (book), Ola Olsson | 2 more credits »
Reviews
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A fatherless boy whose fixation on a mysterious stranger leads him blindly into a tragedy that is to mark him for life.

Director: Iván Noel
Stars: Francisco Alfonsin, Pedro Salido Saborido, Gonzalo Sánchez Salas
Brotherly (2008)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Based on a true story of two brothers in 1970s Ohio. It tells of their abandonment by their alcoholic parents and how the brothers turned to each other for support.

Director: J.C. Oliva
Stars: Kevin Fabian, Malcolm McRae, Mathis Fender
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two precocious boys explore their sexuality at boarding school.

Directors: Ernst Johansen, Lasse Nielsen
Stars: Anders Agensø, Peter Bjerg, Ove Sprogøe
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Three family members each learn the cruelties of love and sexuality.

Director: Matthew Petock
Stars: Sayra Player, Parker Lutz, Eric Baskerville
Brecha (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Recently released from jail, Andrés experiences an emotional rupture from his 12-year-old son, José Ramón, following a dark family tragedy that nobody is bold enough to confront.

Director: Iván Noel
Stars: Francisco Alfonsin, José Ramón Lafita Narbona, Lola Mendoza
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Laurent Achard
Stars: Julien Cochelin, Annie Cordy, Pascal Cervo
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Set in The Netherlands at the end of WW II, this touching story, told in flashbacks, explores the complex and romantic relationship between an adult soldier and a displaced, lonely adolescent boy.

Director: Roeland Kerbosch
Stars: Maarten Smit, Andrew Kelley, Jeroen Krabbé
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

At the end of the 1990s the Internet comes to Northern Norway and coincides with the sexual awakening of young Mads (12). The introduction of pornographic images into his life complicates ... See full summary »

Director: Truls Krane Meby
Stars: Heine Dybvik, Anders T. Andersen, Nina Bendiksen
Jet Boy (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A drug dealer finds an unlikely traveling companion in a runaway kid trying to dodge social services.

Director: Dave Schultz
Stars: Branden Nadon, Joe Norman Shaw, Dylan Walsh
Torzók (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Áron is a happy child in his family. But at some point things take a different turn, and his mother starts to lose her health rapidly. As this happens, the man in charge decides what's best... See full summary »

Director: Árpád Sopsits
Stars: Tamás Mészáros, Szabolcs Csizmadia, Attila Zsilák
Vuelve (2013)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A visual incursion into the troubles psyche of a young boy whose unstable and manipulative mother committed suicide in front of him.

Director: Iván Noel
Stars: Juan Carrasco, Romina Pinto, Renzo Sabelli
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The return of three disappeared children create violent ripples in their small town.

Director: Iván Noel
Stars: Valentina Sartorelli, Juan Ignacio Molina, Lauro Veron
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Tomas Fryk ... Reine Larsson
Anita Ekström ... Harriet Larsson
Ingvar Hirdwall ... Stig Utler
Börje Ahlstedt ... Hester
Lars-Erik Berenett ... Esbjörn
Hjördis Petterson ... Olga
Sif Ruud ... Mrs. Bergman-Ritz
Lena Granhagen ... Helen
Majlis Granlund Majlis Granlund ... Lotten
Malin Ek ... Kristina
Maud Sjökvist Maud Sjökvist ... Maria
Hélène Svedberg Hélène Svedberg ... Nora
Maria Dehnisch Maria Dehnisch ... Birgitta
Anneli Tulldahl Anneli Tulldahl ... Lisa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bissa Abelli Bissa Abelli ... Member of theatre group
Edit

Storyline

Reine is supposed to go to a summer camp called Children's Island but decides to remain in Stockholm over the summer while his mother is working at a hospital. She thinks he is at the camp, and he tells her he is. We then follow him around Stockholm that summer and see what he encounters on the path of life. Written by Mikael Ahkoila <mikah582@student.liu.se>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

efter P.C. Jersilds succé-roman.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

25 December 1980 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Children's Island See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Lotta Lovin'
Lyrics and music composed by Gene Vincent
Sung by Gene Vincent
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Slightly clinical view on transit to puberty
8 January 2003 | by stefan-144See all my reviews

The decades which have passed since the premiere of this movie, have not treated it lovingly. In 1980 it became an immediate classic of Swedish cinema, based on a highly praised, bestseller book. Now, it's all but forgotten.

Tomas Fryk, playing the boy about to enter puberty and hating it, makes a formidable performance, and went on to do a number of other films, usually with equal brilliance. But the boy he has to portray is not altogether flesh and blood - more of an intellectual construction of slightly clinical nature.

P. C. Jersild, the writer of the book on which the film is based and sticks to quite obediently, is an MD, so to him the perspective might have made sense, but I would have found the character Reine easier to believe if he had not been so single-minded in his attitude to growing up.

The human psyche is mysterious, for sure, and often defies understanding. Therefore, so are human actions. But one thing the mind never is, is singular. Everyone contains pro and con to just about anything. Reine lacks the pro, the longing to grow up - and a convincing explanation to why he would lack it.


21 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed