Slightly clinical view on transit to puberty
Review of Barnens ö / Children's Island (1980) movie, by Stefan Stenudd
P. C. Jersild, the writer of the book on which the film is based and sticks to quite obediently, is an MD, so to him the perspective might have made sense, but I would have found the character Reine easier to believe if he had not been so single-minded in his attitude to growing up.
The human psyche is mysterious, for sure, and often defies understanding. Therefore, so are human actions. But one thing the mind never is, is singular. Everyone contains pro and con to just about anything. Reine lacks the pro, the longing to grow up — and a convincing explanation to why he would lack it.
PSI had the fortune of watching him do a scene on the set of a film in the mid-1980's, when he was an adolescent. As an actor, he was a natural.
In the scene, he stares right into the camera as his character realizes that he has caused a serious accident. A terrible revelation, and I could clearly see the whole process on his face. Very dramatic, alhtough he did not utter a word and didn't move out of the spot.
I asked him afterwards how he did that. He replied:
"I looked straight ahead and thought of nothing."
Nothing can really be something, sometimes.
8 January 2003
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