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Simon and the Oaks (2012)



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An epic drama spanning the years 1939 to 1952, this is the gripping story of Simon (Bill Skarsgaard), who grows up in a loving working class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg but always feels out of place. He finally 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 Ruben (Jan Josef Leifers), 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 (Stefan Godicke) 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. -- (C) Official Site

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Significant enough to be name-checked in the title, the trees hang over the film, threatening to impose heavy metaphor on what is otherwise a straightforward family saga.

November 9, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

"Simon and the Oaks" branches out in ways unusual and interesting enough to hold your attention and then even shake it a bit.

November 9, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The sheer sincerity of everyone concerned bolsters the whole enterprise so that Ohlin's historical novel-on-film holds us.

November 2, 2012 | Full Review…

"Simon and the Oaks" is not merely the story of two boys from opposite sides of the tracks. It's also a larger meditation on life's hardships and what endures: love, art and civilization.

October 26, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

With its fool's-gold cinematography, over-emphatic musical score and self-important protagonist, "Simon and the Oaks" is a puny acorn that dreams it's a towering achievement.

October 25, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a warmly done family and personal drama that seems to cover familiar territory, but only up to a point and very much in its own way.

October 18, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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