King of Devil'S Island

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Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?


Studio Film Movement
SKU 225114808
UPC 616892166467
UPC 14 00616892166467
Format DVD
Release Date 4/10/2012
Rating NR
Period Piece
Editors Note
Note As a rule, many tend to think of Norway as a neutral country with a passive military. But in a couple of historical instances, the Norwegian army engaged in acts of controversial brutality by opening fire on innocent locals. This sweeping epic drama from director Marius Holst recreates one such tragedy. The year is 1915; the place is a remote fjord just outside of Oslo, where an institution called the Bastoy Boys' Home is situated. Functioning as both a residence for youths from dysfunctional or impoverished homes and a reform school, it is guilty of routine acts of sadistic brutality meted out for even the most inconsequential of crimes, such as pilfering money from a church collection plate. It also operates according to a warped and twisted deviation of evangelical Christianity that involves viscerally abusing young charges into becoming faithful believers. Perhaps most unbearable is the atmosphere of extreme dehumanization: Administrators rob the boys of their names and tag them with arbitrary numbers. As the story opens, a newcomer arrives -- a whaler named Erling (Benjamin Helstad), who is alleged to have committed homicide. In no time at all, he stirs up trouble wherever he goes, as he does battle with the school governor (Stellan Skarsgard), confronts the sexually abusive dorm master (Kristoffer Joner), and expands the horizons of sincere but troubled dorm leader Olav (Trond Nilssen). Before long, Erling drums up the spirit of revolution in the school hallways. Many of the boys are delighted to find a courageous leader who will help them stand up to injustice, but no one can anticipate the punishment that the government has in store for the hell-raisers.
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n effective drama set in Norway in 1915....Stellan Skarsgard is quite effective..." 01/18/2012
Los Angeles Times "[C]risply visualized with an oppressively wintry atmosphere and a raft of frosty countenances....[An] austere and occasionally stirring yarn..." 02/03/2012
Stellan Skarsgaard
Kristoffer Joner
Kimmo Rajala
Benjamin Helstad
Cast & Crew
Stellan Skarsgaard - Star
Kristoffer Joner - Star
Kimmo Rajala - Star
Benjamin Helstad - Star
Trond Nilssen - Star
Magnus Langlete - Co-Star
Ellen Dorrit Petersen - Co-Star
Lars Saabye Christenson - Source Writer
Johan Soderqvist - Composer
John Andreas Andersen - Director of Photography
Morten Solum - Sound
Tormod Ringnes - Sound
Mette Marit Bolstad - Source Writer
Tina Helmark - Makeup
Dennis Magnusson - Screenwriter
Marius Holst - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00616892166467
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 116 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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