Simon and the Oaks (2011)

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Two boys come of age in Sweden during World War II.


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5 November 2012 | clg238
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| Terrific Family Saga
One of the many virtues of this outstanding film is the complexity of its characters. No one is purely good or bad. Good people make horrendous mistakes. Nature versus nurture has a huge role to play in individual and family lives. Another major virtue is the acting: I did not experience a single false note in any of the performances. Kudos also to the writer and director for the way World War II and the Holocaust are embedded in the story: realistically but without clichés. I found extremely interesting Simon's relationship with the oak tree and would have liked just a bit more of it throughout the movie, rather than most of it at the beginning, where it is hugely intriguing but ineffable. My only (very minor) complaint is the music, which I found at some critical points to be overbearing; I prefer it when the acting carries the day without the audience having to be signaled as to the importance of a certain action or moment. I was totally riveted through the entire film—for me, it doesn't get much better than that.

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Release Date:

9 December 2011

Language

Swedish, German, Hebrew, English


Country of Origin

Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway

Filming Locations

Berlin, Germany

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,964 14 October 2012

Gross USA:

$150,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,505,573

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