King of Devil's Island

King of Devil’s Island

  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Marius Holst
  • Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Benjamin Helstad and Kristoffer Joner
  • Rating: ****

It’s not often in films that we see soldiers mowing down children, but this is what happens in Marius Holt’s gripping depiction of true events that occurred in Norway in 1913.

Young boys living in a state-approved island detention centre are abused and tortured until a newcomer launches an uprising.

This grim reminder of an ugly chapter in the nation’s history has raised eyebrows in Norway. It’s a riveting and excellent film.

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