This true story of the infamous Bastøy Boys Home correctional facility in Norway, begins with the arrival of seventeen-year-old Erling, a rumored murderer. He immediately clashes with the island facility's governor (Stellan Skarsgård), who believes manual labor, rigid discipline, and harsh punishment are the only methods that can turn the boys into honorable members of society. Refusing to accept the constant abuse, Erling slowly rouses the rest of the boys out of their resigned existence, and encourages them to fight to lift up their spirits. When tragedy finally falls at the hand of the sadistic dorm master, Erling leads his comrades in a courageous and vicious rebellion that will bring them head to head with no less than the Norwegian Army.
HAUNTING! Skarsgård is excellent as always and Moody atmospherics enhance the conventional structure.
--New York Daily NewsEXCELLENT! Marius Holst gives the proceedings a fresh look, thanks to his sturdy acting, direction and cinematography.
--New York PostHYPNOTIC! Brooding & evocative.
--The Village Voice