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Format: DVD
Sku: 225114808
UPC: 616892166467
UPC 14: 00616892166467
Category Keywords: Historical  Period Piece  Teachers  Violence
Rating: NR
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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?
Editor's 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Film Movement
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/10/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 116 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00616892166467
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Stellan Skarsgaard
Video Cast Info Kristoffer Joner
Video Cast Info Kimmo Rajala
Video Cast Info Benjamin Helstad
Video Cast Info Trond Nilssen
Video Cast Info Magnus Langlete - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ellen Dorrit Petersen - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Lars Saabye Christenson - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Johan Soderqvist - Composer
Video Cast Info John Andreas Andersen - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Morten Solum - Sound
Video Cast Info Tormod Ringnes - Sound
Video Cast Info Mette Marit Bolstad - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Tina Helmark - Makeup
Video Cast Info Dennis Magnusson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Marius Holst - Director

Professional Reviews

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

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