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At the Edge of the World (2008)

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Documentary about a youth home, Breiðavík, for boys on the age between 9-16 years old. There happened alot of brutal violance on all 128 boys which where send there because they got ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Georg Viðar Björnsson Georg Viðar Björnsson
Páll Elísson Páll Elísson
Bárður Ragnar Jónsson Bárður Ragnar Jónsson
Eðvald Magnússon Eðvald Magnússon
Konráð Ragnarsson Konráð Ragnarsson
Óli Svend Styff Óli Svend Styff
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Documentary about a youth home, Breiðavík, for boys on the age between 9-16 years old. There happened alot of brutal violance on all 128 boys which where send there because they got involved with the law. Few of them stepped up and shared their story of Breiðavík, when they where there between the years of 1956 - 1972.

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Country:

Iceland

Language:

Icelandic

Release Date:

1 January 2008 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Sins of the Fathers See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland

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Budget:

ISK 30,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Western Electric Recording)| Dolby Digital (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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"Astonishingly strong..."
26 September 2014 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

Icelandic screenwriters, producers and directors Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson and Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon's documentary feature which was written by screenwriter Kristján Lodmfjörd and Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon, is inspired by real events which took place at a home for boys in the commune of Raudasandur in the Westfjords of northwestern Iceland in the mid-20th century. It premiered in Iceland, was shot on locations in Iceland and is an Icelandic production which was produced by producers Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson and Hrönn Kristinsdóttir. It tells the story about a state initiated and managed institution at a former farm where there had been a church since the early 19th century, which was founded in 1952 following a ministerial bill which was passed by the parliament in the republic of Iceland in the late 1940s. At this remote place called Breiðavik where the idea was to get boys on the right track by giving their natural desires a healthy outlet in proper surroundings, young boys from the age of ten to fourteen fell under the authority of mostly uneducated employees hired by the child protection agency.

Distinctly and subtly directed by Icelandic filmmakers Bergsteinn Björgulfsson and Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon, this quietly paced documentary which is narrated interchangeably from multiple viewpoints, draws a viscerally informative portrayal of Bárdur Ragnar Jónsson, Páll Rúnar Elísson, Georg Vidar Björnsson, Óli Svend Styff, Konrað Ragnarsson and Edváld Magnússon who became known to the public after an article in a newspaper regarding the actual treatment they got at the boarding school they were sent to as young boys was published after years of suppression. While notable for its echoing and profoundly atmospheric milieu depictions and memorable cinematography by cinematographer Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson, this narrative-driven story about authorized violation of authority, the psychological breaking of the souls of children and oppression of their sense of self under the protection of the state, the disappearance of judicial justice, media proficiency, a just and towering moral indignation, mastered by human wisdom, of human beings scarred for life after being taken from their families due to juvenile delinquency or undesirable behavior at school and a word starting with f and followed by nine letters which as this documentary if taken seriously might have a good kind of power, where former inmates and staff members reminiscences and tells their diametrically opposite versions concerning what they experienced and witnessed at this particular reform school in post-war Iceland from the early 1950s during the presidency of Icelandic politician Ásgeir Ásgeirsson to the late 1970s, where coercion and punishment was practiced regularly and justified by preconceived thoughts about children possibly evolving immoral or abnormal personalities or having potential of becoming something abnormal, is no lullaby and contains a timely score by composer Þor Eldon.

This biographical, somewhat historic and important testimony of merciless degradation from the late 2000s which is set in Iceland in the 21st century, which in retrospect reflects on the conditions and methods used at a correctional facility which was established the year before then Norwegian ministry of social affairs named Rakel Seweriin took over Bastøy Boys Home in Norway, and where an adolescent Icelandic boy who was afraid of the dark and decided to go to his brother one night when he couldn't sleep, was told by the third principal at Breiðavik that if he ever did that again he would be taken to a place where there was total darkness, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, subtle continuity, news reel and archival footage, photographs and home video recordings of a mother whose greatest joy was being at home with her children and the noteworthy comment by Breiðavik survivor Bárdur Ragnar Jónsson : "This creates in those who experience it, or most of them, a deep seated anger and contempt for society…" An astonishingly strong documentary feature.


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