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Tree of Knowledge (1981)

Kundskabens træ (original title)
We follow the Danish students in a class at Århus Katedralskole late 1950s, from age 13 till 16.

Director:

Nils Malmros

Writers:

Nils Malmros, Frederick Cryer (as Fred. Cryer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Gram Schjoldager Eva Gram Schjoldager ... Elin / student (as Eva Gram Scholdager)
Jan Johansen Jan Johansen ... Niels / student
Line Arlien-Søborg Line Arlien-Søborg ... Anne-Mette / student
Marian Wendelbo Marian Wendelbo ... Elsebeth
Gitte Iben Andersen Gitte Iben Andersen ... Lene / student
Lone Elliot Lone Elliot ... Majbrit / student
Astrid Holm Jensen Astrid Holm Jensen ... Ina
Brian Theibel Brian Theibel ... Willy / student
Bo von Der Lippe Bo von Der Lippe ... Jørn / student
Marin Lysholm Jepsen Marin Lysholm Jepsen ... Helge / student
Morten Nautrup Morten Nautrup ... Flemming
Anders Ørgård Anders Ørgård ... Gert / student (as Anders Ørgaard)
Dan Rørmand Brøgger Dan Rørmand Brøgger ... Torkild
Lars Spang Kjeldsen Lars Spang Kjeldsen ... Søren / student
Nicolaj Flensborg Nicolaj Flensborg ... Kaj
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End of the 50s in Aarhus, Denmark, the story of a group of children from the 7th to the 9th grade. What they experience are not the grand dramas of life, but the events they do experience affect them more powerfully than at any other time in their lives. The film centers around Elin, the prettiest and most mature girl in the class. She plays on these advantages more or less unconsciously. It makes the girls jealous and the boys unsure. Therefore she becomes the scapegoat for their unresolved sexual awareness. For Elin, this being frozen out of the once happy circle becomes a tragedy, also on account of being totally misunderstood by her old-fashioned parents. The other main character is Niels-Ole, the leading boy in the class, who arouses indignation by rejecting girls in his own class in favor of the younger and prettier girl, Majbritt. At the same time, this film is a light-hearted yet serious account of the beautiful difficult years between childhood and youth, based on the ...

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Goofs

At Anne Mette's party, where the youngsters decide to dance in the dark, some books (Politiken's History of Denmark) can be seen on the shelf. The party takes place in 1958. The books were published from 1962-1966 See more »

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Referenced in The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1 (2007) See more »

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What a film
28 December 1999 | by faurskovSee all my reviews

Kundskabens træ is one of the greatest teenage-film ever made. The danish director Nils Malmros shown his fantastic quality to directed kids. We follow a school-class from they were 13 to 16. We seen the good girl Elin been set out of the gang, because she don`t want to date Helge. The looser girl Mona called "Klister" take over the Elins place, but some will go on. In the class there also is a funny guy (Villy Bonde, what a name) and Niels Ole (Malmros alter-ego) who is in love with a younger girl. His loved is fantastic filmed and the girl he is in love to, say almost nothing. On that way Malmros make her to a dream. So turn-off the american teenage-fílm and look for Kundskabens træ you never forget it. *********


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Country:

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Language:

Danish

Release Date:

November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baum der Erkenntnis See more »

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