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35 Ratings

Simon & the Oaks

Simon och ekarna

Directed by Lisa Ohlin
Sweden, Germany, 2011


Epic story about two families and their friendship and common destiny in Sweden’s Gothenborg in the forties and fifties of the last century. Told from the perspective of young Simon Larsson, who learns that he’s an adopted child who has a Jewish father from Germany.

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Simon & the Oaks Directed by Lisa Ohlin

Awards & Festivals

Göteborg Film Festival

2012 | Winner: City of Gothenburg Award

Hamburg Film Festival

2011 | Winner: Screenplay Award

Palm Springs International Film Festival

2012 | 2nd place: Best Narrative Feature (Audience Award)

What are people saying?

  • Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film Simon & the Oaks

    Lovely coming of age drama set in Sweden around the time of WWII, follows a young man who doesn't know his real father is Jewish, a fact his adoptive parents try desperately to hide as Nazi influence begins to spread across Europe. He befriends a young Jewish boy, and their stories form something both beautiful and melancholy. A solid, if a bit schematic, family drama portraying the beautiful circle of life.

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