Simon and the Oaks Movie


Simon and the Oaks

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2012 | NR | Drama | 2hrs, 2m

Set in rural Sweden in the 1940s and tells the story of a boy from a working class family who befriends a Jewish boy whose family has fled from Germany.

U.S. Release Date

Simon and the Oaks release date was Friday, October 12, 2012. This was a New York / Los Angeles release.

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Directed by

Lisa Ohlin



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NR Not Rated


Swedish, German, English

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An epic drama spanning the years 1939 to 1952, this is the gripping story of Simon (played as the adult by Bill Skarsgaard, 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 stubbornly persists in acquiring an education normally reserved for young men of the professional classes, much to the chagrin of his parents, who fear that he will become stuck up. 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 Leifers), 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 (Stefan Godicke) 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. The film is based on the Swedish bestseller of the same name, written by Marianne Fredriksson. It offers a unique depiction of fate, destiny and free will and vividly portrays the situation for Jews in Sweden during World War II.
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  • Based on the novel by Marianne Fredriksson.

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