Simon and the Oaks

Character: Simon Larsson

Created by: Marianne Fredriksson

Directed by: Lisa Ohlin

Written by: Marnie Blok

Produced by: Christer Nilson, Per Holst

Cast Members: Helen Sjöholm, Jan Josef Liefers, Cecilia Nilsson

Released date: December 9, 2011 (Sweden)

Genre: Drama

The film is about Simon (Bill Skarsgård), growing up in a working-class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg during World War II. He is very talented and always felt different and an outsider. Against his parents’ approval, he seeks education in the arts, normally not attended by members of the working class at the time. There he meets Isaak (Karl Linnertorp), the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who fled persecution in Nazi Germany. The lives of the two boys and their families intertwine as the war rages in Europe. At the end of the war, it becomes clear to Simon that his life, family and his very identity will no longer be the same.

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Other Titles:

  • Simon och ekarna (original)


  • Every family has a secret.