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The Honour of the House (1999)

Ungfrúin góða og húsið (original title)
Old lady buys a house, she must protect it from vampires that live under the house.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir ...
Ragnhildur Gísladóttir ...
Agneta Ekmanner ...
Rúrik Haraldsson ...
Egill Ólafsson ...
Reine Brynolfsson ...
Bjørn Floberg ...
Helgi Björnsson ...
Ghita Nørby ...
Fru Kristensen
Margret Erla Maack ...
Eldri dóttir Þuríðar (as Margrét Erla Maack)
Ellen Egilsdóttir ...
Yngri dóttir Þuríðar
Magnús Ólafsson ...
Helga Braga Jónsdóttir ...
Ólétt stúlka
Sigurveig Jónsdóttir ...
Eldir þjónustustúlka
Gagga Jonsdottir ...
Yngri þjónustustúlka (as Rannveig Jónsdóttir)


Old lady buys a house, she must protect it from vampires that live under the house.

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8 October 1999 (Iceland)  »

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Das gute Fräulein  »

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ISK 160,000,000 (estimated)

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a warm, sad, odd film
13 September 2002 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

In many ways this was quite a good film. Set in Iceland and Denmark, it shows the difficult lives of men and women in the fishing business, but also (as Laxness loved to write about) the dissolute lifestyle of the wealthy. Laxness won the Nobel Prize for Lit in 1955, yet he was hounded out of the US in the late 1920's, appalled by what he saw in New York City/America as the gap between the "haves" and "have-nots." In this film, Laxness portrays the shallowness of the haves' lives; worried more for appearances and images than human love and dignity. It makes me want to read more of Laxness's works. I recommend it, especially for people who like the "Hannah and her sisters" strong-women-surviving-against-impossible-odds theme. And/or those who can abide the portrayal of men as drunks, philanderers, lechers, buffoons, religious hypocrites, idiots, bribers, etc., all of whom are in this film. This latter extreme portrayal pattern was obvious, and thus a real drawback of the film.

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