In this Danish film, like the unrelated but very similar film Lord of the Flies, a largish group of unformed young people find themselves alone on an island with no civilizing adult presence to restrain them. In this film, the group includes adolescent and pre-adolescent boys and girls. As in the other film, the crudity of their unrestrained impulses results in murder, though for the most part they simply flirt with and bully one another.
"When we were to interview the children to La' os være, Ernst said to me," You take care of the boys, I take care of the girls! ""
"I noticed that the girls he had chosen were very young. And it surprised me that two or three of them had very big breasts. At one point in the movie he rise and say, 'The sun is shining, let's not just throw the T-shirt!' And it was not in the manuscript. That was something Ernst had found out. But when I say that the boys must be naked, I can not protest that he gets the girls to throw the T-shirt. "
"I noticed that he touched the girls a lot. All sorts of strange places. I thought something was wrong, but it was just a suspicion, and no one complained. "