An epic drama spanning 1939 to 1952, Simon and the Oaks is the gripping story of Simon (played as an adult by Bill Skarsgård, son of Stellan), who grows up in a loving working class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg but always feels out of place. Intellectually gifted, he convinces his father to send him to an upper-class grammar school, where he meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who has fled Nazi persecution in Germany. Simon is dazzled by the books, art and music he encounters in the home of Isak's father, which makes Simon long to know more about his own family background. Isak, on the other hand, draws comfort from learning to do something with his hands, helping Simon's dad make boats. When Isak faces trouble at home, he is taken in by Simon's family and the two households slowly merge, connecting in unexpected ways as war rages all over Europe. Based on the Swedish bestseller by Marianne Fredriksson, Simon and the Oaks offers a unique depiction of fate, destiny and free will and vividly portrays the situation for Jews in Sweden during World War II. Nominated for 13 Guldbagge Awards (Swedish Oscars), including Best Picture, Director and Cinematography. (Fully subtitled) Official Web Site

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Director:

Lisa Ohlin

Cast:

Bill Skargård, Jonatan S. Wächter, Helen Sjöholm, Stefan Gödicke, Jan Josef Liefers, Karl Linnertorp, Karl Martin Eriksson, Erica Löfgren, Katharina Schüttler, Josefin Neldén, Cecilia Nilsson, Lena Nylén

MPAA Rating:

NR

Run Time:

2hrs 3mins

Release Year:

2011

Country Of Origin:

Sweden/Germany/Norway