Simon & the Oaks

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An epic drama spanning 1939 to 1952, Simon & the Oaks is the gripping story of Simon (played as an adult by Bill SkarsgĂ„rd, son of Stellan), who grows up in a loving working class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg but always feels out of place. Intellectually gifted, he 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, 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 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. Based on the Swedish bestseller by Marianne Fredriksson, Simon & the Oaks offers a unique depiction of fate, destiny and free will and vividly portrays the situation for Jews in Sweden during World War II. Nominated for 13 Guldbagge Awards (Swedish Oscars), including Best Picture, Director and Cinematography. (Dir. by Lisa Ohlin, 2011, Sweden, in Swedish and German with subtitles, 122 min., Not Rated, Film Arcade) HD Digital