Simon and the Oaks (2012)
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"Simon and the Oaks" branches out in ways unusual and interesting enough to hold your attention and then even shake it a bit.
The sheer sincerity of everyone concerned bolsters the whole enterprise so that Ohlin's historical novel-on-film holds us.
"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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Simon and the Oaks
Interesting historically given Sweden's neutrality in WWII, and the actor as young Simon does a remarkable job given a role with little dialog and lots of emotion to be conveyed. Somewhat convoluted family and love relationships (does that go without saying in Swedish films?) but at least they're revealed in a way that you can keep track of them. There are more-than-necessary mood shots which make the film seem much longer than it is, and the first 2/3rds are much more interesting and satisfying than the post-war conclusion.
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