Yohan - Barnevandrer

Synopsis: With his family struggling to survive in late1890s Norway and his father leaving on a ship for America to earn much needed money, 10-year-old Yohan devises some plans of his own to help his family. However, his jealous older brother has other ideas, and, unbeknown to their parents, he signs a contract with an agent for Yohan to become a farm laborer. Now consigned to being a child wanderer, Yohan is sent off to work on a faraway farm providing cheap labor. Yohan embarks on a long, rugged journey filled with danger, loneliness and feelings of abandonment. Along the way, he meets up with two other child wanderers, 8 year-old Anna and her younger brother. Together with other child wanderers and led by the menacing boy Aslak, the group makes its way on foot through the countryside with Yohan finally arriving at the farm where he is told to work. He becomes a shepherd boy, protecting the farmer's livestock from wolves and grizzly bears. His boss, Nome, is a harsh disciplinarian and a tough
Genre: Drama, Family
Director(s): Grete Salomonsen
  1 win & 1 nomination.
125 min




What are you doing?

Sitting here playing.

Be useful for a change.

- What?

- The harmonica uncle gave you.

you're refusing to sell it?

Then you won't be needing this.

You're lucky to get porridge.

Come on, let's go.

- Look for the harmonica in the barn.

- It's not there.

Hush. Search again.

Maybe it's under the barn.

- Look.

- Oh yeah, look at that.

Fredrik and Arne,

put these on.

Enjoy the nice weather.

Who knows how long it'lllast?

Fredrik, put this on. Even though

the sun is shining, the air is cold.

- Fredrik, come here.

- But it itches!

- Fredrik, it's cold outside.

- No!

- Come, Fredrik, the piglets.

- Did you find the harmonica?

Search more and then prepare these.

- Me?

- You are going to wealthier people.

Let's sell this mirror as well.

We'll probably get some flour for it.

You see, father?

Everyone but Yohan makes sacrifices.

- He won't even sell his harmonica.

- No one should sacrifice anything.

- The pigs get us plenty.

- And dad's going to shoot the bear.

- Are you?

- Only if it gets aggressive.

Your taxes are to be paid over here.

And I have a proclamation

regarding mandatory schooling.

Stop, Elseros, stop!

- We'll get at least 20 crowns.

- Maybe even 40.

The reward is 50 crowns,


A sow with two cubs

is not a peaceful grass bear.

Is your head as empty as your hat?

- Where did the other cub go?

- I think it went this way.

- There is no time for this.

- The cub is worth a few crowns.

You are so stupid.

That tiny hide won't get us much.

I'm sure it's over here somewhere.

I'm having a look.

Stop. Get back here.

We don't have time for this.

Luckily the priest allows for

a Sunday church market.

- Well, as long as it helps the poor.

- Oh, he has already arrived.

I wish

those child wanderings would stop.

Do you really allow people

trading livestock on Sundays?

Indeed. Piglets!

Maybe my wife would fancy one.

Hi, how are you?

- Well, I will manage.

- Should I check in on you?

- I think it'll be a girl this time.

- You might be right.

Let me know if you need help.

- That was a fast one.

- That's an Aamot boy.

I'm getting some water for the pigs.

What are you doing?

Where is Elseros?

- I need to talk to father.

- Show me.

The mother is dead.


- What happened?

- They have killed the bear.

- Didn't you hear the gunshots?

- Gunshots?

- Grassboy needs food.

- Grassboy?

Well, his mother was a grass bear.

One of the piglets ran away.

- He's fast as lightning!

- Another Aamot boy!

Look out, you...

I've got you. Don't be afraid.

Get away from me, you little rat.

I will butcher that pig.

You can't do that, it's not yours.

- What's this little fellow's name?

- I don't know. Maybe it's Lightning?

No, no. Not the piglet... You.

- Where are you from?

- From the mountains. And you?

- Which mountain?

- Olai, come here.

- I caught it.

- Are you two brother and sister?

Don't talk to strangers.

Pigs for sale!

Large piglets.

- Come and buy!

- The best in the county for sale.


- His name should be Lightning.

- Lightning?

Who bids 1 crown for Lightning,

the fastest pig in the world?

And that one should be Thunder.

1 crown for Thunder!

Since you captured the piglet,

you can pet Grassboy.

We should shoot it to get

enough money for flour as well.

- Fine mirror, is it for sale?

- Only for a fair price.

- Right, and what is a fair price?

- Only fourleft!

You have some clever children.

I know a rich farmer at Larvik,

he pays well.

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Grete Salomonsen

Grete Salomonsen is a Norwegian director of family films. She is probably best known for directing Kamilla and the Thief (1988), its sequel and Yohan: The Child Wanderer (2010) produced by Penelopefilm AS. The first film she directed for the big screen was PIPP, a film for very young children. more…

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