Sunday, August 19, 2012

King of Devil's Island (Kongen av Bastøy) (2010)

Director: Marius Holst. Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Benjamin Helstad, Kristoffer Joner. 120 min. Norway/France/Sweden/Poland. Drama.

The true story of a group of delinquent adolescents who in the early 1900s revolted against the brutal  authority of a correctional facility in Norway. The story may sound repetitious, but I found myself significantly moved, either by the beautiful icy photography, the tragic fate of some characters, or Stellan Skarsgaard's complex character as "the Governor", who continued to be a mysterious but ruthless villain throughout the film. I'm giving this a MoMagic instead of a Mojo, because I want to attract your attention to this obscure gem.

PS: The movie is streaming on Netflix.

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