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-->'''Olav:''' I stole from the church donation box.

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-->'''Olav:''' I stole from the church donation box.box.
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* {{Deuteragonist}}: Olav first appears as the Governor's [[BlondGuysAreEvil minion]] and seems poised to be TheDragon, but proves to be TheLancer instead. The film's second half shifts gradually into Olav's perspective, and by the end, it's Erling who is TheLancer to him.

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* {{Deuteragonist}}: Olav first appears as the Governor's [[BlondGuysAreEvil minion]] minion and seems poised to be TheDragon, but proves to be TheLancer instead. The film's second half shifts gradually into Olav's perspective, and by the end, it's Erling who is TheLancer to him.


* SimpleScoreOfSadness: Mostly PlayingTheHeartStrings on a sombre Norwegian fiddle, with a recurring LonelyPianoPiece sample from SigurRos for extra pathos.

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* SimpleScoreOfSadness: Mostly PlayingTheHeartStrings on a sombre Norwegian fiddle, with a recurring LonelyPianoPiece sample from SigurRos Music/SigurRos for extra pathos.



-->'''Olav:''' I stole from the church donation box.

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-->'''Olav:''' I stole from the church donation box.

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* ImpliedTrope:
** [[spoiler:Bråthen's devious behavior with the boys is just implied until the Governor puts it into words.]]
** The inmates know of a boy that lost his ability to speak when he banged his head repeatedly when he was placed in solitary confinement. Bjarne the barnkeep is both a former inmate at the island and he seems stunted, traumatized and unable to speak.


* DeathGlare: Olav gives one to the Governor when he is about to receive his discharge certificate. Before Erling stops his intent, he would have answered the Governor with a stone to the temple.

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* DeathGlare: Olav gives one to the Governor when he is about to receive his discharge release certificate. Before Erling stops his intent, he would have answered the Governor with a stone to the temple.



* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: Barrack C is sentenced to daily inspections after Erling suggests that the inspector smells of drink.

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* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure:
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Barrack C is sentenced to daily inspections after Erling suggests that the inspector smells of drink.drink.
** This is the reason Olav is reluctant to take any action, as anything that happens to Barrack C will fall into his responsibility jeopardizing his imminent release from the correctional.

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* GenreSavvy: The Governor's wife is already uncomfortable by her husband's mismanagement of the correctional's funds and having to reside on the island, [[spoiler:finally deciding to leave him when he decides to cover up for a pedophile.]]

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* AbandonShip: The Governor's wife leaves the island after seeing the gaping hole her husband is burying himself into.


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* DeadpanSnarker: When the committee comes to the island to inspect the boys, when asked, Erling comments how "delicious" is the food. The Governor gives him a DeathGlare.


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* DeathGlare: Olav gives one to the Governor when he is about to receive his discharge certificate. Before Erling stops his intent, he would have answered the Governor with a stone to the temple.

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* BlatantLies: [[spoiler:The Governor says that Ivar drowned when tried to escape the island by swimming when Erling found rocks in Ivar's pockets.]]


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* JustIgnoreIt:
** The Governor is forced to turn a blind eye on [[spoiler: Bråthen's molesting of Ivar]] because he has dirt on his fund management. Though he sincerely didn't know from the start until Olav pointed it out, he intended to bury it when [[spoiler:Ivar kills himself.]]
** There are indications that there is some awareness from the rest of the staff about [[spoiler:Bråthen's devious behavior]], as they warn the boys that they will not be safe by doing field work.


* ACrackInTheIce: Of the fjord.

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* ACrackInTheIce: Of When the fjord.only escape from Prison Island is over a frozen fjord, you're obviously going to encounter one of these.



* TheBully: Øystein harasses Erling and steals Ivar's watch when they first arrive, until Erling beats him up a few times and TeethClenchedTeamwork turns them into FireForgedFriends.
** Bråthen, particularly towards Bjarne.

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* TheBully: Øystein harasses Erling and steals Ivar's watch when they first arrive, until Erling beats him up a few times and TeethClenchedTeamwork turns them into FireForgedFriends.
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FireForgedFriends. There's also Bråthen, particularly towards Bjarne.



* ChromosomeCasting: The setting is an early 20th century boys' school/PenalColony. The handful of female characters are Astrid the Governor's wife, the school committee chair, Erling's [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen correspondent Elsa]], [[HeWhoMustNotBeHeard a nurse]], and the aforementioned rabbit.

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* ChromosomeCasting: The setting is an early 20th century boys' school/PenalColony.OneGenderSchool / PenalColony. The handful of female characters are Astrid the Governor's wife, the school committee chair, Erling's [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen correspondent Elsa]], [[HeWhoMustNotBeHeard a nurse]], and the aforementioned rabbit.



* CorporalPunishment: The heavy manual labour that the boys perform in the fields and forest is a punishment in itself, but casual beatings from Bråthen are also in the curriculum, as are more unusual punishments, like standing on a chair all night, or shifting a pile of rocks to another pile several metres away - and then back again.
** ATasteOfTheLash: When Erling is recaptured after his escape attempt, he's sentenced to ten strokes. Olav is made to administer them under the eyes of the staff.

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* CorporalPunishment: The heavy manual labour that the boys perform in the fields and forest is a punishment in itself, but casual beatings from Bråthen are also in the curriculum, as curriculum. So are more unusual punishments, like standing on a chair all night, or shifting a pile of rocks to another pile several metres away - and then back again.
** ATasteOfTheLash: When Erling is recaptured after his escape attempt, he's sentenced to ten strokes. [[ShootYourMate The staff make Olav is made to administer them under the eyes of the staff.them.]]



** PunishmentBox: On Erling's first day Olav points out the solitary confinement shed, in which a boy beat his head against the wall until he could not longer speak. Olav, Erling, and Øystein are later locked into caged beds in its [[LockedInAFreezer freezing basement]].

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** PunishmentBox: On Erling's first day Olav points out the solitary confinement shed, in which a boy beat his head against the wall until he could not no longer speak. Olav, Erling, and Øystein are later locked into in caged beds in its [[LockedInAFreezer freezing basement]].



** RedOniBlueOni: Erling and Olav. Erling is openly defiant, audacious, rude, resilient, and little-educated but clever and calculating. Olav is controlled and polite, kind, intelligent, and introverted, but internally conflicted. Early on, Olav tries to restrain Erling; by the end, Erling has to restrain Olav.
* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide]]: [[spoiler: Bråthen intimidates Ivar into [[DespairEventHorizon believing]] that even reassignment to the forest work crews will not allow him to avoid sexual abuse at his hands. To escape him, Ivar walks into the sea.]]

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** RedOniBlueOni: Erling and Olav. Erling is openly defiant, audacious, rude, resilient, and little-educated uneducated but clever and calculating. Olav is controlled and polite, kind, intelligent, and introverted, but internally conflicted. Early on, Olav tries to restrain Erling; by the end, Erling has to restrain Olav.
* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide]]: [[spoiler: Bråthen intimidates Ivar into [[DespairEventHorizon believing]] that even reassignment to the forest work crews will not allow crew won't help him to avoid sexual abuse at his hands. To escape him, Ivar walks into the sea.]]



* FireForgedFriends: As punishment for fighting, Erling, Øystein, and Olav are forced into TeethClenchedTeamwork felling trees. Rather than crush their resistance, the shared suffering of heavy labour, scant rations, and freezing weather bridges the rifts between the boys and teaches them to cooperate against the authorities.
* GraduateFromTheStory: After six years of good behaviour, Olav is desperately trying to do this. He asks Erling to defer his escape attempts until after he is paroled, three weeks after Erling's arrival. [[spoiler: He ends up sabotaging his own discharge, by attacking the newly-returned Bråthen.]]

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* FireForgedFriends: As punishment for fighting, Erling, Øystein, and Olav are forced ordered into TeethClenchedTeamwork felling trees. Rather than crush their resistance, the shared suffering of heavy trees as punishment for fighting. The hard labour, scant rations, and freezing weather bridges the rifts between the boys and teaches HostileWeather just unite them to cooperate against in hatred of the authorities.
school.
* GraduateFromTheStory: After six years of good behaviour, Olav is desperately trying to do this. He asks Erling to defer his escape attempts until after he is paroled, three weeks after Erling's arrival. [[spoiler: He ends up sabotaging his own discharge, discharge by attacking the newly-returned Bråthen.]]



* GreatEscape: Erling and Øystein's first plan is to ingest toxic mushrooms, break out of sick bay, break into the boathouse using [[SinisterShiv pieces of broken sawblade with handles made from strips of bedsheet]], and row across the fjord. Eleven-year-old Olav tried to stow away on the mail boat, and someone once tried to swim the fjord.
* HufflepuffHouse: If barrack C, then barracks A and B, but good luck identifying anyone who belongs to them.
* IconOfRebellion: Erling and Øystein's escape attempt makes them school heroes.

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* GreatEscape: Erling and Øystein's first plan is to ingest toxic mushrooms, [[PlayingSick break out of sick bay, bay]], break into the boathouse using [[SinisterShiv pieces of broken sawblade with handles made from strips of bedsheet]], and row across the fjord. Eleven-year-old Olav tried to stow away on the mail boat, and someone once tried to swim the fjord.
* HufflepuffHouse: If barrack C, then barracks A and B, but good luck identifying anyone who belongs to them.
B. Presumably.
* IconOfRebellion: Erling and Barrack C lines up to shake Øystein's hand after his escape attempt makes them school heroes.attempt, and he only got as far as the infirmary.



* TheMarvelousDeer: A stag elk - in Norway, "the king of the forest" - appears unheralded on the island in the midst of the uprising, creating a moment of stillness and Erling's realisation that the fjord is frozen over.

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* TheMarvelousDeer: A stag elk - [[MooseAreIdiots in Norway, Norway]], "the king of the forest" - appears unheralded on the island in the midst of the uprising, riot, creating a moment of stillness and Erling's realisation that the fjord is frozen over.



* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: The boys turning on the staff - particularly Olav, who eventually snaps after following the rules [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished and taking the blame anyway]] for problems caused by Erling, Bråthen and the Governor.
** Ivar rats out Erling's escape attempt after Erling refuses to take him along, though Ivar is fleeing not just prison but sexual abuse.

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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: The boys turning on the staff - particularly Olav, who eventually snaps after following the rules [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished and taking the blame anyway]] for problems caused by Erling, Bråthen and the Governor.
** Ivar rats out Erling's escape attempt after Erling refuses to take him along, though Ivar is fleeing not just prison but sexual abuse.along.



* [[{{Motifs}} Nautical Motif]]: Seafaring is evoked over and over again. Erling was a harpooner on a whaling ship (even his trousers have a subtly nautical cut), and apparently takes the memory of a particularly determined whale as a role model; he evolves a story for Olav and Øystein in which they are the crew of a whaling vessel; the latrine outbuilding overlooking the fjord where he does much of this storytelling is like a wooden ship inside, surrounded by the sound of the ocean. When Olav is released, he tells Erling they might meet again aboard some ship, and in the epilogue he has indeed become a sailor.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Erling. Olav covering for him in class, and reading and writing down his letters for him, is how they first begin to cooperate.
* NeverMyFault: Bråthen is a rapist who uses his position as a teacher to prey on minors who are seen as untrustworthy when accused, he claims to have been [[RefugeInAudacity helping Ivar cope with bullying]] by "those animals in barrack C." The Governor, having failed to protect Ivar, tries to persuade Barrack C that Ivar's innate weakness and their cruelty were to blame, with extra, personal guilt-tripping as a special thank-you to the whistleblower.

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* [[{{Motifs}} Nautical Motif]]: Seafaring is evoked over and over again. Erling was a harpooner on a whaling ship (even his trousers have a subtly nautical cut), ship, and apparently takes the memory of a particularly determined whale as a role model; he model. He evolves a story for Olav and Øystein in which they are the crew of a whaling vessel; the vessel. The latrine outbuilding overlooking the fjord where he does much of this storytelling is like a wooden ship inside, surrounded by the sound of the ocean. When Olav is released, he tells Erling they might meet again aboard some ship, and in the epilogue he has indeed become a sailor.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Erling. Olav befriends him by covering for him in class, class and reading and writing down his letters for him, is how they first begin to cooperate.
him.
* NeverMyFault: Bråthen is a rapist who uses his position as a teacher to prey on minors who are seen as untrustworthy Bråthen, when accused, he accused of abusing a student, claims to have been [[RefugeInAudacity helping Ivar cope with bullying]] by "those animals in barrack C." The Governor, having failed to protect Ivar, tries to persuade Barrack C that Ivar's innate weakness and their cruelty and Ivar's weakness were to blame, with extra, personal extra guilt-tripping as a special thank-you to the whistleblower.



* [[PedophilePriest Pedophile Teacher]]: Housefather Bråthen has apparently stayed overlong in his position on Bastøy purely in order to have access to teenage boys.
* PenalColony: Bastøy, the site of the reform school from 1900 to 1953, is a small island 75 km down-fjord from Oslo and is partly self-supporting through the prisoners' labour in the forest and fields. It's still a minimum security prison for adult men.
* PrisonRape: No modern story about abusive institutional schools is complete without some unfortunate kid being molested by a pedophile authority figure - in this case, Ivar and Bråthen, respectively. In the sense of rape of fellow prisoners, however, the trope is averted.

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* [[PedophilePriest Pedophile Teacher]]: Housefather Bråthen has apparently stayed overlong in doesn't do his position on Bastøy purely in order to have access to teenage boys.
job for the excellent pay and benefits.
* PenalColony: Bastøy, the site of the reform school from 1900 to 1953, is a small island 75 km down-fjord from Oslo and is partly self-supporting through the prisoners' labour in the forest and fields.farm labour. It's still a minimum security prison for adult men.
* PrisonRape: No modern story about abusive institutional schools exposé is complete without some unfortunate kid being molested by a pedophile authority figure - in this case, Ivar and Bråthen, respectively. In the sense of rape of fellow prisoners, however, though, the trope is averted.



** RapeDiscretionShot: Bråthen is never shown doing anything to Ivar. Erling, Olav, and Ivar talk around what happens; only the Governor explicitly articulates it.

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** RapeDiscretionShot: Bråthen is never shown doing anything to Ivar. Erling, Olav, and Ivar talk around what happens; only happens. Only the Governor explicitly articulates it.



* TheSpeechless: Bjarne, the mute ex-inmate, who has an AmbiguousDisorder, presumably the result of a lifetime of abuse on Bastøy. Even as a mentally ill adult and an employee of the school, he's constantly insulted by Bråthen.

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* TheSpeechless: Bjarne, the mute ex-inmate, who has ex-inmate with an AmbiguousDisorder, presumably the result of a lifetime of abuse life spent on Bastøy. Even as a mentally ill ill, adult and an employee of the school, he's constantly insulted by Bråthen.



* TheStoolPigeon: Ivar betrays Erling's escape attempt in order to punish him for not allowing Ivar to come with him, and is condemned by the rest of the barrack for it. Later, Erling shames Olav into whistleblowing on Bråthen's sexual abuse of Ivar, but the Governor, though he acts on the information, treats Olav with disgust for bringing the subject up.

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* TheStoolPigeon: Ivar betrays Erling's escape attempt in order to punish him for not allowing Ivar to come with him, and is condemned by the rest of the barrack Barrack C for it. Later, Erling shames Olav into whistleblowing on reporting Bråthen's sexual abuse of Ivar, but the Governor, though he acts on the information, treats Olav with disgust for bringing the subject up.



* SnowMeansCold: It's snowing at some of the lowest points of the film, just to increase the characters' misery - while Erling is piling rocks for hours in the yard; when he's recaptured and dragged barefoot back to Bastøy; when Olav is leaving and Bråthen returning; and when the Governor is driven out.

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* SnowMeansCold: It's snowing at some of the lowest points of the film, just to increase the characters' misery - while Erling is piling rocks for hours in the yard; when he's recaptured and dragged barefoot back to Bastøy; when Olav is leaving and Bråthen returning; and when the Governor is driven out.


The mutinous seventeen-year-old Erling and the naive Ivar are the newest inmates of Bastøy, the desolate island reform school ruled by a disciplinarian Governor ([[StellanSkarsgard Stellan Skarsgård]]). While Erling immediately begins to plot his escape, against the advice of his barrack leader Olav, Ivar falls prey to the abusive Housefather Bråthen. When the school attempts to bury the crime, one boy's revolt leads to a riot. . . and the arrival of the Norwegian army.

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The mutinous seventeen-year-old Erling and the naive Ivar are the newest inmates of Bastøy, the desolate island reform school ruled by a disciplinarian Governor ([[StellanSkarsgard Stellan Skarsgård]]).(Creator/StellanSkarsgard). While Erling immediately begins to plot his escape, against the advice of his barrack leader Olav, Ivar falls prey to the abusive Housefather Bråthen. When the school attempts to bury the crime, one boy's revolt leads to a riot. . . and the arrival of the Norwegian army.


''King of Devil's Island'' (Norwegian title: ''Kongen av Bastøy'') is a 2010 film by Marius Holst, which dramatises the events surrounding a 1915 inmates' revolt at Bastøy Reform School, an island prison for teenage boys. It is VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory.

The mutinous Erling and the naive Ivar are the newest inmates of Bastoy, the desolate island reform school ruled by a disciplinarian Governor ([[StellanSkarsgard Stellan Skarsgård]]). While Erling plots his escape, against the advice of the barrack leader Olav, Ivar becomes the victim of Housefather Brathen. When the school attempts to bury the crime, one boy's revolt leads to a riot and the arrival of the Norwegian army.

The film was was nominated for eight 2011 Amanda Awards (i.e. Norwegian [[OscarBait Oscars]]), winning Best Film, Best Score, and Best Supporting Actor.

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''King of Devil's Island'' (Norwegian ([[{{UsefulNotes/Norway}} Norwegian]] title: ''Kongen av Bastøy'') is a 2010 film by Marius Holst, which dramatises the events surrounding a 1915 inmates' revolt at Bastøy Reform School, an island prison for teenage boys. It is VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory.

The mutinous seventeen-year-old Erling and the naive Ivar are the newest inmates of Bastoy, Bastøy, the desolate island reform school ruled by a disciplinarian Governor ([[StellanSkarsgard Stellan Skarsgård]]). While Erling plots immediately begins to plot his escape, against the advice of the his barrack leader Olav, Ivar becomes falls prey to the victim of abusive Housefather Brathen. Bråthen. When the school attempts to bury the crime, one boy's revolt leads to a riot riot. . . and the arrival of the Norwegian army.

The film was was nominated for eight 2011 Amanda Awards (i.e. Norwegian [[OscarBait Oscars]]), winning Oscars]]) for Best Actor, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Design, and Visual Effects, and won Best Film, Best Score, and Best Supporting Actor.



* TheBully: Øystein harasses Erling and steals Ivar's watch when they first arrive, until Erling beats him up a few times and TeethClenchedTeamwork turns them into FireForgedFriends.
** Bråthen, particularly towards Bjarne.



* ChromosomeCasting: The setting is an all boys' school-cum-island PenalColony in the early 20th century. The handful of female characters are Astrid the Governor's wife, the school committee chair, Erling's unseen correspondent Elsa, the nurse, and the aforementioned rabbit.
* ClassRepresentative: Olav, C1, is in charge of Barrack C. He attempts to restrain Erling's insubordination because it reflects badly on him and could jeopardise his release, and indeed he is punished alongside Erling and singled out for rebuke by the school committee chair.
* CorporalPunishment: The heavy farm and forest labour that the boys must perform is punishment enough, but casual beatings from Bråthen are also in the curriculum, as are more unusual punishments, like standing on a chair all night, or shifting a pile of rocks to another pile several metres away - and then back again.
** ATasteOfTheLash: When Erling is recaptured after his escape attempt, he's sentenced to ten strokes. Olav, his best friend, is made to administer them as the staff watches.

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* ChromosomeCasting: The setting is an all early 20th century boys' school-cum-island PenalColony in the early 20th century. school/PenalColony. The handful of female characters are Astrid the Governor's wife, the school committee chair, Erling's unseen [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen correspondent Elsa, the nurse, Elsa]], [[HeWhoMustNotBeHeard a nurse]], and the aforementioned rabbit.
* ClassRepresentative: Olav, C1, is in charge of Barrack C. He attempts to restrain Olav's chief motive for discouraging Erling's insubordination because it reflects badly on him and could is that he'll be held responsible for it, which he fears might jeopardise his release, and indeed he imminent release.
-->'''The Governor:''' Dorm boy C1, Olav Fossen,
is punished alongside Erling and singled out for rebuke by the school committee chair.
boatswain. He's one of you, but he's a leader.
* CorporalPunishment: The heavy farm and forest manual labour that the boys must perform in the fields and forest is a punishment enough, in itself, but casual beatings from Bråthen are also in the curriculum, as are more unusual punishments, like standing on a chair all night, or shifting a pile of rocks to another pile several metres away - and then back again.
** ATasteOfTheLash: When Erling is recaptured after his escape attempt, he's sentenced to ten strokes. Olav, his best friend, Olav is made to administer them as under the staff watches.eyes of the staff.



** PunishmentBox: On Erling's first day Olav points out the solitary confinement shed, in which a boy beat his head against the wall until he could not longer speak. Olav, Erling, and Øystein are later locked into caged beds in its freezing basement.
* CurbstompBattle: So one-sided that no one even bothers to fight; the army merely rounds up stray schoolboys.
* DeanBitterman: The Governor, though he views himself as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, is a ruthless authoritarian who constantly undermines the boys he's supposed to be rehabilitating. He crosses a MoralEventHorizon when he tries to persuade Barrack C that they, not Bråthen, were responsible for [[spoiler:Ivar's death]]. [[spoiler: And he lets Bråthen get away with it in order to hush up his own embezzlement of school funds.]]

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** PunishmentBox: On Erling's first day Olav points out the solitary confinement shed, in which a boy beat his head against the wall until he could not longer speak. Olav, Erling, and Øystein are later locked into caged beds in its [[LockedInAFreezer freezing basement.
basement]].
* CurbstompBattle: So one-sided that There's no one even bothers to fight; overkill like deploying the army merely rounds to round up stray schoolboys.
* DeanBitterman: The Governor, though he views himself as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, is a ruthless authoritarian who constantly undermines the boys he's supposed to be rehabilitating. He crosses a MoralEventHorizon when he tries to persuade Barrack His subtle UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming of Ivar and the rest of barrack C that they, not Bråthen, were responsible for [[spoiler:Ivar's death]]. [[spoiler: And he lets Bråthen get away with it in order to hush up and his own embezzlement of school funds.]]capitulation to {{Blackmail}} are [[MoralEventHorizon revealing]].



* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide]]: [[spoiler: Bråthen intimidates Ivar into believing that even reassignment to the forest work crews will not allow him to avoid sexual abuse at his hands. To escape him, Ivar walks into the sea.]]

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**RedOniBlueOni: Erling and Olav. Erling is openly defiant, audacious, rude, resilient, and little-educated but clever and calculating. Olav is controlled and polite, kind, intelligent, and introverted, but internally conflicted. Early on, Olav tries to restrain Erling; by the end, Erling has to restrain Olav.
* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide]]: [[spoiler: Bråthen intimidates Ivar into believing [[DespairEventHorizon believing]] that even reassignment to the forest work crews will not allow him to avoid sexual abuse at his hands. To escape him, Ivar walks into the sea.]]



* GraduateFromTheStory: After six years of good behaviour, Olav is desperately trying to do this. He asks Erling to defer his escape attempts until after he is paroled, three weeks after Erling's arrival. [[spoiler: In the end, he sabotages his discharge himself, by attacking the newly-returned Bråthen.]]

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* GraduateFromTheStory: After six years of good behaviour, Olav is desperately trying to do this. He asks Erling to defer his escape attempts until after he is paroled, three weeks after Erling's arrival. [[spoiler: In the end, he sabotages He ends up sabotaging his discharge himself, own discharge, by attacking the newly-returned Bråthen.]]



* GreatEscape: Erling and Øystein's first plan is to ingest toxic mushrooms, break out of sick bay, break into the boathouse using [[SinisterShiv pieces of broken sawblade with handles made from strips of bedsheet]], and row across the fjord. Olav once tried to stow away on the ferry boat, and at least one person has tried to swim the fjord.

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* GreatEscape: Erling and Øystein's first plan is to ingest toxic mushrooms, break out of sick bay, break into the boathouse using [[SinisterShiv pieces of broken sawblade with handles made from strips of bedsheet]], and row across the fjord. Eleven-year-old Olav once tried to stow away on the ferry mail boat, and at least one person has someone once tried to swim the fjord.fjord.
* HufflepuffHouse: If barrack C, then barracks A and B, but good luck identifying anyone who belongs to them.
* IconOfRebellion: Erling and Øystein's escape attempt makes them school heroes.



* TheMarvelousDeer: A stag elk - in Norway, "the king of the forest" - appears unheralded on the island in the midst of the uprising, producing a moment of stillness and Erling's realisation that the fjord is frozen over.

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* TheMarvelousDeer: A stag elk - in Norway, "the king of the forest" - appears unheralded on the island in the midst of the uprising, producing creating a moment of stillness and Erling's realisation that the fjord is frozen over.



* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: The boys' uprising, and specifically Olav's
** Ivar rats out Erling's escape attempt after Erling refuses to take him along, though Ivar is running from sexual abuse as well as prison.

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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: The boys' uprising, boys turning on the staff - particularly Olav, who eventually snaps after following the rules [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished and specifically Olav's
taking the blame anyway]] for problems caused by Erling, Bråthen and the Governor.
** Ivar rats out Erling's escape attempt after Erling refuses to take him along, though Ivar is running from fleeing not just prison but sexual abuse as well as prison.abuse.



* [[{{Motifs}} Nautical Motif]]: Seafaring is evoked over and over again. Erling was a harpooner on a whaling ship (even his trousers have a subtly nautical cut), and apparently takes the memory of a particularly determined whale as a role model; he evolves a story for Olav and Øystein in which they are the crew of a whaling vessel; the latrine outbuilding overlooking the fjord where he does much of this storytelling is like a wooden ship inside, surrounded by the sound of the ocean. When Olav is released, he tells Erling they might meet again aboard some ship, and in the epilogue he has indeed become a sailor.



* PrisonRape: No modern story about abusive institutional schools is complete without some unfortunate kid being raped by a pedophile authority figure - in this case, Ivar and Bråthen, respectively. In the sense of rape of fellow prisoners, however, the trope is averted.

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* PrisonRape: No modern story about abusive institutional schools is complete without some unfortunate kid being raped molested by a pedophile authority figure - in this case, Ivar and Bråthen, respectively. In the sense of rape of fellow prisoners, however, the trope is averted.



** RapeDiscretionShot: Bråthen is never shown touching Ivar, and neither Erling or Olav articulates what is happening.

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** RapeDiscretionShot: Bråthen is never shown touching Ivar, doing anything to Ivar. Erling, Olav, and neither Erling or Olav Ivar talk around what happens; only the Governor explicitly articulates what is happening.it.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Governor is a pro at them.
* RedOniBlueOni: Erling and Olav. Erling is openly defiant, audacious, rude, resilient, and little-educated but clever ad calculating. Olav is controlled and polite, kind, intelligent, and introverted, but internally conflicted. Early on, Olav tries to restrain Erling; by the end, Erling has to restrain Olav.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Governor is a pro at them.
* RedOniBlueOni: Erling
them. Barrack C, Erling, Olav, and Olav. Erling is openly defiant, audacious, rude, resilient, and little-educated but clever ad calculating. Olav is controlled and polite, kind, intelligent, and introverted, but internally conflicted. Early on, Olav tries to restrain Erling; by Bråthen are all on the receiving end, Erling has to restrain Olav.until the Governor is completely silenced in his final scene.



* SonOfAWhore: And a drunken thief: Olav, according to the Governor. All of the boys whose history is mentioned appear to come from lower-class backgrounds, in contrast with the hypocritical respectability of the staff.

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* SonOfAWhore: And A ''drunken'' whore and a drunken thief: petty thief! Olav, according to the Governor. All of the boys whose history is mentioned appear to come from lower-class backgrounds, in contrast with the hypocritical respectability of the staff.



* StoryWithinAStory: In his letters, Erling recasts the experiences of Bastøy as those of the whaling ship he's pretending to be still aboard. Erling is the harpooner, Olav and Ivar are deckhands, the Governor is the captain. The whale they're struggling with might be Bastøy itself.
* SnowMeansCold
* SnowMeansDeath

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* StoryWithinAStory: In his letters, Erling recasts the experiences of events on Bastøy as those of the whaling ship he's pretending to be still aboard. Erling is the harpooner, Olav and Ivar are deckhands, Øystein is the cook, the Governor is the captain. The whale they're struggling with might be Bastøy itself.
* SnowMeansCold
SnowMeansCold: It's snowing at some of the lowest points of the film, just to increase the characters' misery - while Erling is piling rocks for hours in the yard; when he's recaptured and dragged barefoot back to Bastøy; when Olav is leaving and Bråthen returning; and when the Governor is driven out.
* SnowMeansDeathSnowMeansDeath: It's also snowing when Erling [[spoiler:pulls Ivar from the fjord]], and there's snow on the ground during the riot and escape across the ice.



* WhatAreYouInFor: The Governor warns Erling that they don't discuss the past. . . then Olav asks during their first conversation. Erling refuses to say. When he later returns the question, Olav says that he was sent to Bastøy for stealing from a church donation box when he was eleven years old.

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* WhatAreYouInFor: The Governor warns Erling that they don't discuss the past. . . then past; Olav asks during their first conversation. Erling refuses to say. When he say, but later he returns the question, Olav says that he was question.
-->'''Erling:''' What had you done at eleven to be
sent to Bastøy for stealing here?
-->'''Olav:''' I stole
from a the church donation box when he was eleven years old.box.


-->'''Bråthen:''' "One thing. I observe everything. I see everything. I hear everything. And I write everything down in the book. Is that clear?"
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Subverted with Olav, who appears at first to be the Governor's minion and turns out to just be a genuinely conscientious prefect.

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-->'''Bråthen:''' "One thing. I observe everything. I see everything. I hear everything. And I write everything down in the book. Is that clear?"\n* BlondGuysAreEvil: Subverted with Olav, who appears at first to be the Governor's minion and turns out to just be a genuinely conscientious prefect."



* BunniesForCuteness: Axel Johnson's rabbit is the only warm fuzzy thing in the film. It's a she, not a he, and no one is allowed to eat her.

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* BunniesForCuteness: Axel Johnson's rabbit is the only warm fuzzy thing in the film. It's a she, not a he, and no one is allowed to eat her.



* ChromosomeCasting: The setting is an island PenalColony for boys. The handful of female characters are Astrid the Governor's wife, the school committee chair, Erling's unseen correspondent Elsa, the nurse, and the aforementioned rabbit.

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* ChromosomeCasting: The setting is an island all boys' school-cum-island PenalColony for boys.in the early 20th century. The handful of female characters are Astrid the Governor's wife, the school committee chair, Erling's unseen correspondent Elsa, the nurse, and the aforementioned rabbit.



* CurbstompBattle: So one-sided that no one even bothers to fight; the army merely rounds up stray schoolboys.



* {{Deuteragonist}}: Olav first appears as the Governor's agent and seems positioned to be TheDragon, but proves to be TheLancer to Erling instead. After Erling's escape attempt, the film focusses increasingly on Olav, and by the end, it is arguably Erling who is TheLancer to him.

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* {{Deuteragonist}}: Olav first appears as the Governor's agent [[BlondGuysAreEvil minion]] and seems positioned poised to be TheDragon, but proves to be TheLancer to Erling instead. After Erling's escape attempt, the film focusses increasingly on Olav, The film's second half shifts gradually into Olav's perspective, and by the end, it is arguably it's Erling who is TheLancer to him.



* NeverMyFault: Though Bråthen is a rapist and the Governor fails to protect Ivar from him, Bråthen claims to have been [[RefugeInAudacity helping Ivar deal with bullying]]. The Governor, knowing the truth, tells Barrack C that they are to blame, and allows Olav, the person who reported it, to be singled out for reproach by the school committee chair.

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* NeverMyFault: Though Bråthen is a rapist and the Governor fails who uses his position as a teacher to protect Ivar from him, Bråthen prey on minors who are seen as untrustworthy when accused, he claims to have been [[RefugeInAudacity helping Ivar deal cope with bullying]]. bullying]] by "those animals in barrack C." The Governor, knowing the truth, tells having failed to protect Ivar, tries to persuade Barrack C that they are Ivar's innate weakness and their cruelty were to blame, and allows Olav, with extra, personal guilt-tripping as a special thank-you to the person who reported it, to be singled out for reproach by the school committee chair. whistleblower.

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The mutinous Erling and the naive Ivar are the newest inmates of Bastoy, the desolate island reform school ruled by a disciplinarian Governor ([[StellanSkarsgard Stellan Skarsgård]]). While Erling plots his escape, against the advice of the barrack leader Olav, Ivar becomes the victim of Housefather Brathen. When the school attempts to bury the crime, one boy's revolt leads to a riot and the arrival of the Norwegian army.

The film was was nominated for eight 2011 Amanda Awards (i.e. Norwegian [[OscarBait Oscars]]), winning Best Film, Best Score, and Best Supporting Actor.

The official site (in Norwegian, of course) is [[http://www.bastoy.no/ www.bastoy.no]].


* AmbiguousDisorder: Bjarne, the mute ex-prisoner who never left, appears to have a form of mental illness or cognitive deficit, but it isn't clear what. Ivar, meanwhile, is surprisingly unworldly compared to the other boys, and Erling at one point calls him a half-wit.



* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Ivar turns Erling in to Bråthen when Erling refuses to take him along. [[spoiler:Bjarne attacks Bråthen in the barn after a steady diet of verbal abuse.]] In the larger sense, the boys' rebellion is entirely mistreatment-induced.

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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: The boys' uprising, and specifically Olav's
**
Ivar turns Erling in to Bråthen when rats out Erling's escape attempt after Erling refuses to take him along. along, though Ivar is running from sexual abuse as well as prison.
** TheDogBitesBack:
[[spoiler:Bjarne attacks Bråthen in the barn after a steady diet of verbal abuse.]] In when Bråthen, hiding from the larger sense, the boys' rebellion is entirely mistreatment-induced.rioting students, unwisely insults Bjarne yet again.]]



* NeverMyFault: Though Bråthen is a rapist and the Governor fails to protect Ivar from him, Bråthen claims to have been [[RefugeInAudacity helping Ivar deal with bullying]], and the Governor, knowing the truth, tells Barrack C that they are to blame, and allows Olav, the person who reported it, to be singled out for reproach by the school committee chair.

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* NeverMyFault: Though Bråthen is a rapist and the Governor fails to protect Ivar from him, Bråthen claims to have been [[RefugeInAudacity helping Ivar deal with bullying]], and the bullying]]. The Governor, knowing the truth, tells Barrack C that they are to blame, and allows Olav, the person who reported it, to be singled out for reproach by the school committee chair.



* TheSpeechless: Bjarne, the mute ex-inmate, who has an AmbiguousDisorder, presumably the result of a lifetime of abuse on Bastøy. Even as a mentally ill adult and an employee of the school, he's constantly insulted by Bråthen.



* TakeMyHand: Olav tries to pull Erling [[spoiler:out of the fjord when he falls through the ice.]]

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* TakeMyHand: Olav tries has to pull Erling [[spoiler:out of the fjord when he falls through the ice.]]from ACrackInTheIce.



* WhatAreYouInFor: The Governor warns Erling that they don't discuss the past, then Olav asks during their first conversation. Erling refuses to say. Olav later says that he was sent to Bastøy for stealing from a church donation box when he was eleven years old.

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* WhatAreYouInFor: The Governor warns Erling that they don't discuss the past, past. . . then Olav asks during their first conversation. Erling refuses to say. Olav When he later returns the question, Olav says that he was sent to Bastøy for stealing from a church donation box when he was eleven years old.


** DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Goes hand in hand with every other punishment. While felling trees, Erling, Olav and Øystein share half a bucket of fish carcasses. After Erling's escape attempt, the entire barrack is put on short rations.



** NominalImportance: The English subtitles don't give the names of most of the background characters, who, though they appear frequently enough to be recognisable, have little dialogue.
** YouAreNumberSix: The inmates are designated by the letter of their barrack and a number: Erling is C19, Olav is C1, Ivar is C5, Øystein is C9. Though the Governor and Bråthen invariably use the designations, the boys don't use them among themselves.



* NominalImportance: The English subtitles don't give the names of most of the background characters, who, though they appear frequently enough to be recognisable, have little dialogue.



* RedOniBlueOni: Erling and Olav

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* RedOniBlueOni: Erling and OlavOlav. Erling is openly defiant, audacious, rude, resilient, and little-educated but clever ad calculating. Olav is controlled and polite, kind, intelligent, and introverted, but internally conflicted. Early on, Olav tries to restrain Erling; by the end, Erling has to restrain Olav.



* YouAreNumberSix: The inmates are designated by the letter of their barrack and a number: Erling is C19, Olav is C1, Ivar is C5, Øystein is C9. Though the Governor and Bråthen invariably use the designations, the boys don't use them among themselves.

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