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Kundskabens træ (1981)

As a group of Danish children pass into adolescence, gradually the most popular girl becomes an outcast, for trivial reasons that she never understands.

Director:

Nils Malmros

Writers:

Nils Malmros, Frederick Cryer (as Fred. Cryer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Gram Schjoldager Eva Gram Schjoldager ... Elin (as Eva Gram Scholdager)
Jan Johansen Jan Johansen ... Niels Ole
Line Arlien-Søborg Line Arlien-Søborg ... Anne-Mette
Marian Wendelbo Marian Wendelbo ... Elsebeth
Gitte Iben Andersen Gitte Iben Andersen ... Lene
Lone Elliot Lone Elliot ... Majbrit
Astrid Holm Jensen Astrid Holm Jensen ... Ina
Brian Theibel Brian Theibel ... Willy Bonde
Bo von Der Lippe Bo von Der Lippe ... Jørn
Marin Lysholm Jepsen Marin Lysholm Jepsen ... Helge
Morten Nautrup Morten Nautrup ... Flemming
Anders Ørgård Anders Ørgård ... Gert (as Anders Ørgaard)
Dan Rørmand Brøgger Dan Rørmand Brøgger ... Torkild
Lars Spang Kjeldsen Lars Spang Kjeldsen ... Søren Roland
Nicolaj Flensborg Nicolaj Flensborg ... Kaj
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As a group of Danish children pass into adolescence, gradually the most popular girl becomes an outcast, for trivial reasons that she never understands. Written by Peter Reiher

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baum der Erkenntnis See more »

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Mono

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Color
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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 De unge år: Erik Nietzsche sagaen del 1 (2007) See more »

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Unknown Danish masterpiece
15 November 2005 | by VanihmSee all my reviews

This film is the most shrewd and insightful film about puberty I have ever seen - and one of the best films I have ever seen period. It follows a group of Aarhus schoolchildren from the age of 13-15 in 1958-60. The film notices all the small details, the internal power struggles and the growing sexuality of young teens. Much like Heavenly Creatures the film shows the "wonders" of growing up as both beautiful and frightful at the same time. Anyone regardless of nationality can recognise the conflicts and small dramas depicted here. After seeing it I felt as if Malmros had had a crystal ball and looked into the youth of everyone on the planet. Despite the fact that it is filmed in a hyper realistic, almost documentary, style, Malmros manages to fill add dramatic effects through music and background effects to effectively heighten the drama. The last ten minutes of the film builds up tension to the (completely unpredictable, but inevitable) climax and the striking power of the movie's ending sticks with you for hours after the film is over. I truly hope some distributor picks this up for a DVD release internationally - it is too big a masterpiece to be hidden away in Denmark (check out the external reviews if you want more proof)


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