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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


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>

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" Being in Charge of things when you are alone, means being in control "
16 April 2010 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

In the 1980's this film arrived at theaters in Stockholm and soon garnered surprising praise and accolades. This is not uncommon as Swedish directors are not as hung up or uptight about life as Americans who are easily offended. This imaginative, stirring, unabashed and wonderful film, originally called 'Children's island' became " Barnens O " for the Cinema. With a refreshing sense of originality, it tell the story of Reine Larsson (Tomas Fryk) an eleven-year-old Swedish boy on the verge of puberty. Noticeably disturbed by the onset of his twelfth birthday, he displays a deep seated fear he will become as corrupt as every other adult. Living with his single mother, Harriet (Anita Hirdwall) and her abusive boyfriend Stig (Ingvar Hirdwall) in a less fashionable part of the city, he is informed he will be going to Camp for the summer. Realizing this is not his choice, he decides to forgo Camp and instead spend his vacation wondering throughout the city. Once he tricks his mother, he soon discovers each day must be recorded in his journal as he is certain each brings him closer to maturity and death, something which he dreads with impending doom. The movie becomes one long segment of Home Alone (Swedish Style). Traveling about, he encounters the lessons of life with stark brutality. Seeking the 'Purity' of first love, he is threatened with many dangers, and somehow discovers each has cost him a bit of innocence. The film is long on story and punctuated with brief nudity and stark images which only the Swedes could offer an audience. The main star, Tomas Fryk personifies the true talent of an emerging Thespian. Recommeded to anyone longing for an honest portrayal of youthful adolescence. ****

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