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In the late 1950s, Erik Ponti (Isac Calmroth) is sent to an elite school where he’s immediately targeted by older students who need him to fit into their sadistic system. A miniseries adaptation of a novel that has become a Swedish classic. This simple story feels protracted, but still well-made in many respects, with a solidly evil performance by Christian Fandango Sundgren as the school’s leading psychopath. He’s matched by Gustaf Skarsgård who played that role in the 2003 feature, and now gets to embody an older version, a man who turns his frustration into a weapon against his son.

2023-Sweden-Lithuania. 305 min. Color. Directed by Erik Leijonborg, Daniel di Grado. Novel: Jan Guillou. Cast: Isac Calmroth (Erik Ponti), Thea Sofie Loch Naess (Marja), Gustaf Skarsgård (Åke Ponti), Ruth Vega Fernandez, Jens Hultén, Alexander Gustavsson… Simon Norrthon.

Trivia: Original title: Ondskan. Originally shown in six episodes.

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