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Fantasia '11 Review: 'The King Of Devil's Island' A Chilly & Compelling Nordic Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 3:31 AM
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Stop if you've heard this before: an overbearing headmaster gets his comeuppance from his students after he pushes them too far, causing a violent uprising and revolt to take place. In literature and in films, variations on this theme have cropped up time and again usually with the same types of characters and signifiers, with the story and pacing playing out to the beat of a very familiar drum. And while on paper, Marius Holst's "The King Of Devil's Island" may seem like a trip down an already well-worn path, the film is a refreshing surprise that offers up a character-driven take on the genre that throws familiar notions of how this kind of story should play right out the window.

Is 'King Of Devil's Island' An Early Foreign Oscar Contender?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2011 7:13 AM
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Listen, we know that talking about Oscar this early in the game is pretty foolish. That said, other bloggers/film sites either already have tentative lists going or wil be very soon -- in fact, this writer remembers being in Cannes last year with early word swarmed around France's "Of Gods And Men" as being an Oscar favorite. Well, that buzz never amounted to much but still, when the "O" word is uttered, you can't help but pay attention.

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