Evil

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Released 2003

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Evil is a 2003 Swedish drama directed by Mikael Hafstrom and based on an autobiographical novel written by Jan Guillou. The film is set in 1959 and focuses on Erik Ponti (Andreas Wilson), a 15 year-old rebellious teenager who is having a hard time at home and at school. Erik's step-father (Johan Rabaeus) relentlessly beats him for any infraction, while his mother (Marie Richardson) pretends nothing is happening. Unable to express his anger over the situation at home, Erik often explodes at school and gets into vicious fights. After one particularly brutal fight, Erik is expelled and accused by his headmaster of being evil. His mother, fearing more confrontations between her husband and son, raises money to send Erik to a private boarding school. At the school, Erik is determined to make a fresh start and stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, the school has a student council that targets new students and attempts to humiliate and haze them as initiation. Can Erik control his temper and avoid confrontation, or is he simply evil?moreless

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  • 70

    Variety David Stratton

    Evil is not, as the title would suggest, a horror film, at least not a conventional one. Based on the autobiographical novel by Jan Guillou and set in the mid-1950s, the film relat...

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie is as blunt as its title. It portrays such behavior as "evil" without offering any deep insights or revelations, beyond handing out the plot equivalent of a lollipop at t...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    Director Mikael Hafström's dramatic sense is so pedestrian and snail's-pace obvious -- since this 2003 feature, he's made the leap to Hollywood with the plodding thriller "Deraile...

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