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Rams (Hrútar, Iceland-Denmark-Norway-Poland 2015)

These are my (slightly edited) notes distributed for a screening of the film in 2016. Rams was a surprise arthouse hit in the UK in 2016. It was promoted as a dark comedy about a pair of brothers who have fallen out though they live close by each other on two separate farms. What brings them back into … Continue reading

BIFF 2012 #10: Volcano (Eldfjall, Iceland/Denmark 2011)

Volcano is a recognisable Nordic drama, harrowing in parts and occasionally uplifting – never sentimental, always intelligent. As several trade reviewers jokingly put it, this isn’t a ‘date movie’ – but for older audiences it will ring very true or perhaps start some re-evaluations of family relationships. At the beginning of the film Hannes is … Continue reading

Myrin – Jar City (Iceland/Germany/Denmark 2006)

I don’t normally do this, but I watched the film of Jar City just days after finishing reading the book. This was preparation for an introduction to the film as an example of literary adaptation – something I’ve blogged on before. A little background. Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridason has produced a series of crime novels … Continue reading

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