The Slingshot Poster

Release Date: June 3rd, 1994

R|1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary
Growing up in Stockholm in the 1920s, 10-year-old Roland (Jesper Salén) is regularly bullied and taunted by his peers for having a Jewish mother (Basia Frydman) and a socialist father (Stellan Skarsgard). In spite of the verbal and physical abuse he endures, Roland manages to extract some revenge -- and learn a few life lessons in the bargain -- when he adapts some of the illegal condoms his mother sells in her tobacco store in order to create homemade slingshots.

Cast: Jesper Salén, Stellan Skarsgård, Basia Frydman, Niclas Olund, Ernst-Hugo Jaregard, Reine Brynolfsson, Jacob Leygraf, Frida Hallgren

Director: Åke Sandgren

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Norsk Film

Distributors: Columbia TriStar Home Video

Ratings & Reviews

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  • One can maintain the energy and patience for donnybrooks and general insanity only so long. show more

  • Though one misses cinematographer Oydssey Flores's camerawork that played such an important role on the three subsequent films--at once more chaotic and more expressive than the digital shooting here--Mendoza's look at the illicit activity of a group of marginal Filipinos is no less feverishly absorbing. show more

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