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Children's Island (1980)

Barnens ö (original title)
Reine is supposed to go to a summer camp called Children's Island but decides to remain in Stockholm over the summer while his mother is working at a hospital. She thinks he is at the camp,... See full summary »

Director:

Kay Pollak

Writers:

P.C. Jersild (book), Ola Olsson | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tomas Fryk ... Reine Larsson
Anita Ekström ... Harriet Larsson
Ingvar Hirdwall ... Stig Utler
Börje Ahlstedt ... Hester
Lars-Erik Berenett ... Esbjörn
Hjördis Petterson ... Olga
Sif Ruud ... Mrs. Bergman-Ritz
Lena Granhagen ... Helen
Majlis Granlund Majlis Granlund ... Lotten
Malin Ek ... Kristina
Maud Sjökvist Maud Sjökvist ... Maria
Hélène Svedberg Hélène Svedberg ... Nora
Maria Dehnisch Maria Dehnisch ... Birgitta
Anneli Tulldahl Anneli Tulldahl ... Lisa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bissa Abelli Bissa Abelli ... Member of theatre group
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Storyline

Reine is supposed to go to a summer camp called Children's Island but decides to remain in Stockholm over the summer while his mother is working at a hospital. She thinks he is at the camp, and he tells her he is. We then follow him around Stockholm that summer and see what he encounters on the path of life. Written by Mikael Ahkoila <mikah582@student.liu.se>

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

25 December 1980 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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Oxygène
Composed by Jean-Michel Jarre
(grammofonskiva Polydor PH 1-6175).
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A boys view of lust and life
15 August 1998 | by jpjensenSee all my reviews

10 year old Renee lives in a Stockholm suburb alone with his mother. She has only limited time and heart for her boy. Her lover Stig is a scary and frustrated loser. When Renee's mother leaves home for a summer job in another town, Renee is "deported" to a summer camp. But he chose to stay home alone, living one last summer of innocent childhood in the city. He soon meets and befriends some of the lower existences and gradually slides towards criminal activities. The boy has a very special live-philosophy: Lust is what makes grownups crazy - and only children are sane. And his experience of miserable and selfish adults only supports this view. But the boy knows, that he himself will come into puberty - where everything ends! Therefore he makes a daily inspection of his genitals in search of pubic hair. He thinks that hair is the sign of corruption, and he befriends an adult young woman with no hair at all. He thinks she is "pure", but the bald woman turns out to be just as lustfull and selfish as everyone else. There are a lot of dirty words, sexual references and nudity in this movie, which might offend some. It could even be considered (child)-pornographic. But it is a highly artistic and very conscious film, and it has been shown several times on Swedish and Danish TV, public channel prime time. The film gives a very remarkable and outstanding, but also depressing, view of childhood.


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