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Kundskabens træ

Aka: Tree of Knowledge (World-wide)
Director: Nils Malmros
Year: 1981
Country: Denmark
Runtime: 110 minutes
Genre: Drama

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IMDb User Rating: 6.5/10
Votes: 6

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The story takes place at the end of the 50s in Aarhus, Denmark and follows a group of children from the 7th to the 9th grade. What they experience are not the grand dramas of life, but the events they do experience affect them more powerfully than at any other time in their lives. The film centres around Elin, the prettiest and most mature girl in the class. She plays on these advantages more or less unconsciously. It makes the girls jealous and the boys unsure. Therefore she becomes the scapegoat for their unresolved sexual awareness. For Elin, this being frozen out of the once happy circle becomes a tragedy, also on account of being totally misunderstood by her old-fashioned parents. The other main character is Niels-Ole, the leading boy in the class, who arouses indignation by rejecting girls in his own class in favour of the younger and prettier girl, Majbritt. At the same time, this film is a light-hearted yet serious account of the beautiful difficult years between childhood and youth, based on the director Nils Malmros' own experiences as a schoolboy in Aarhus in the late 1950s. - Peter Jul Hansen, IMDb

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Children's Cast:

Line Arlien-Søborg [15] Anne-Mette
Marian Wendelbo [14] Elsebeth
Anne-Mette Brinch Andersen Gås
Gitte Iben Andersen [15] Lene
Dan Rørmand Brøgger [14] Torkild
Lone Elliot [14] Majbrit
Nicolaj Flensborg Kaj
Lars Hjort Frederiksen Carsten
Astrid Holm Jensen [13] Ina
Marin Lysholm Jepsen [15] Helge
Jan Johansen [15] Niels Ole
Lars Spang Kjeldsen Søren Roland
Bo von Der Lippe [15] Jørn
Morten Nautrup [14] Flemming
Anders Ørgård Gert
Eva Gram Schjoldager [15] Elin
Hanne Sørensen Mona
Brian Theibel [15] Willy Bonde
Anne-Mette Kjøller Warlo Joan