Kundskabens træ (1981)

Longing and belonging. A low-key psychological look at the rituals and borders of mischievous, irritating, stupidly cruel puberty in a fifties school environment. Playful childishness is mixed with blank lack of empathy and threatening, almost scary libido.

Rhapsodic, convoluted, unresolved. Interesting and well handled (except for some unpleasant gratuitous nudity shots of very young girls), but only maybe in my book of group dynamics, power games, and shifting hierarchies.

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2 Responses to 1232

  1. It has been years since I watched this one, but it did make a big impression on me as a teenager.
    A good double feature would be to watch it together with Zappa (same director, similar themes) or Fucking Åmål.

  2. I can see how this potentially could have struck me harder in younger years. Maybe I’m too far from these kids today, almost alienated in a way.

    I read somewhere that the original plan was to follow the characters for another year or two, but lack of funding stopped this. It would be very interesting to know what kind of ending they had in mind, the existing one didn’t fully satisfy me.

    Haven’t seen Zappa, but Fucking Åmål definitely sounds like a good companion!

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