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Directed by Ulrika Bengts

Finland 2013 93 mins. In Finnish

Finland, summer 1939: 13-year-old Karl is an eager-to-please orphan sent by the state to work at an isolated Baltic island lighthouse. But the lighthouse master Hasselbond already has his son Gustaf groomed for the job and refuses his help. Hoping to avoid returning to the orphanage, Karl works like a demon to prove his worth. Karl and Gustaf become friends, but their friendship changes to rivalry and hate when Hasselbond begins to favor Karl over his own son. There are issues in the Hasselbond family that Karl is only beginning to understand. Bengts’s beautifully shot, detail-rich period piece delves into the frightening aspects of family psychology, showing that the “good old days” were often anything but. This year’s Finnish submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.



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