Simon and the Oaks (2012)

Simon and the Oaks (2012)

Simon and the Oaks



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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Marnie Blok
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On DVD: May 6, 2014
Box Office: $0.2M
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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (15)

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

Full Review… | November 9, 2012
Detroit News
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The sheer sincerity of everyone concerned bolsters the whole enterprise so that Ohlin's historical novel-on-film holds us.

Full Review… | November 2, 2012
The New Republic
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"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.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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[A] lush, handsomely crafted middlebrow epic ...

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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