Directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson
The story follows a 16-year-old Icelandic boy, Ari, who lives with his mother in Reykjavík, She has to leave the country for a new job, sending him back to the small town of his youth. There he finds his old friend, suddenly a young woman with a tricky romantic relationship; and his father has become a victim of the financial crisis.
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★★★★ review by Ken Rudolph on Letterboxd
Ari (youthful Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, expresssively unemotive) is a Reykjavik teen-ager whose mother and step-father emigrated to Africa, sending the boy to live with his drunkard father (Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson) in the small north-western Iceland backwater town that Ari originally grew up in. His life is mostly one of despair for the displacement...except for his supportive grandmother, the independence of a summer job at a local fishery, and Lara, once his childhood best friend, now girlfriend to a local bully. The film is just an ordinary coming-of-age story...but for the gorgeous scenery of the mountainous seaport village and Ari's stoic humanity when faced with some really terrible events that mar his life. It's rare to watch such a downer film that is ultimately edified by the actions of an unexpectedly heroic protagonist.
★★★½ review by jampsik on Letterboxd
imprisoned by the high mountains surrounding a small rural town a young boy must face the abrupt loss of innocence.
★★★½ review by ipacoxt on Letterboxd
father and son and iceland
★★★★ review by Julie on Letterboxd
Loved this very unique coming of age film set in rural Iceland
★★★★ review by André Dominguez on Letterboxd
Filme #11 - 39ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo
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