Beware of Children


When crisis strikes we reveal our true colors.

Beware of Children traces the dramatic aftermath of a tragic event in a middle class suburb of Oslo. During a break in school 13 year-old Lykke, the daughter of a prominent Labour Party member, seriously injures her classmate Jamie, the son of a high profile right-wing politician. When Jamie later dies in hospital, contradicting versions of what actually happened risks making a difficult and traumatic situation worse. Was it only innocent play behind? Liv, the school’s principal and the secret lover of Jamie’s father, must find the strength to confront a community in distress, and her own highly conflicted emotions.

Title Beware of Children
Original Title Barn
Directed by Dag Johan Haugerud
Starring Henriette Steenstrup, Jan Gunnar Røise, Thorbjørn Harr, Andrea Bræin Hovig, Hans Olav Brenner, Anne Marit Jacobsen, Ella Øverbye, Trine Wiggen
Genre Drama, Coming of Age, Contemporary Society
Running time 157 min
Language Norwegian
Nationality Norway
Scriptwriter Dag Johan Haugerud
Cinematographer Øystein Mamen
Produced by Motlys A/S, Plattform Produktion, Film i Väst
Local Release 2019 Sep 13
Film Status Completed


World Premiere - Giornati degli Autori / Venice Days

Asian Premiere - Busan Film Festival

German Premiere: Lübeck Nordic Film Days – Feature Competition


Nordic Council Film Prize 2020 / awarded to writer-director Dag Johan Haugerud and producer Yngve Saether

Kanon Awards / Best Direction, Best Script, Best Actor and Best Editing - Trondheim's Kosmorama Film Festival

Dragon Award / Best Nordic Film - Gotebörg FF

Thessaloniki FF - FIPRESCI Award and Human Values ​​Award

Amanda Awards / Best Norwegian feature film, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, Best Original Score, Nowegian International Film Festival

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