Featuring Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård as its top billed, with Kristoffer Joner (The Revenant), this film, based on a true story, tells of the tragic lives of the early 20th century inmates of the boy’s prison island of Bastoy, located in the Oslo fjord. The boys attempt to survive under an abusive and sadistic regime when a new inmate arrives with an agenda of its own leading to tragic results.
It is pretty conventional in its output, but pretty fair and a well done drama. This makes it works, showing you can apply simple methods when you do them well and have a screenplay. A good honest drama.
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