Written October 22, 2012
This is a different kind of WW II movie that focuses on family life in the Swedish countryside around the time of the war. It's a movie about forbidden love and the love a parent shows to children they raise, regardless of whether they bore them or not. Simon, the child who is the namesake of this film, is a sort of fish out of water with his Swedish country family. He's a very passionate boy who enjoys music and nature more so than carpentry, which is his father's profession. He becomes very close to another Jewish schoolboy who ultimately moves in with his family after his mother has a breakdown due to her fear of Nazis. The friend's father is a wealthy Jewish businessman who shows an interest Simon and ends up influencing him and nurturing his love of music and history, which seriously angers his blue-collar father. This is just a sample of the drama involved in this family. As you can imagine, this movie is about surviving the war and the many obstacles i created.
Written January 31, 2015
Just when you think you've seen every possible formula for the "family angst" film genre, along comes something new. Thought provoking isn't the way one would usually describe a film of this subject matter, yet that's exactly the response it draws from the viewer. Although cultural differences cause some contextual loss plot-wise, still present is that dominant thread which connects its story to the audience, regardless the subtitles. All-in-all this is a worthwhile film, very much worth the price of its ticket. It's a foreign release, obviously, but it makes the "domestic" grade here in the U.S. and most handsomely in fact. See it. You won't be disappointed.
Written November 07, 2012
This is a terrific movie that I think hasn't been well understood. It's a rich family saga with REAL characters, iit takes up important ideas, it's beautifully acted and directed, and completely engrossing. I wrote about it at LetsTalkOff-Broadway This is one to see -- and, beautiful to look at as it is, there's lots more than meets the eye.
Written November 04, 2012
Beautiful and amazing character development. Full of very complex emotions. A terrific movie.