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Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999)

After having lived for a number of year's abroad, the two friends Rannvá and Barba return for a visit to their native country, the Faroe Islands. They feel that they have outgrown the small... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hildigunn Eyðfinsdóttir ...
Rannvá
Sigri Mitra Gaïni ...
Barba
Johan Dalsgaard ...
Rúni
Elin K. Mouritsen ...
Barba's mother
Peter Hesse Overgaard ...
Rannvá's stepfather
Nora Bærentsen ...
Rannvá's mother
Egi Dam ...
Rannvá's father
Lovisa Køtlum Petersen ...
Rannvá's daughter
Adelborg Linklett ...
Rannvá's grandmother
Sverri Egholm ...
Rannvá's grandfather
Birita Mohr ...
Waitress / Singer
Sjúrður Sólstein ...
Smukke
Høgni Johansen ...
Helmsman
Kári Øster ...
Hærget Mand
Anna Kristin Bæk ...
Blafferpige
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After having lived for a number of year's abroad, the two friends Rannvá and Barba return for a visit to their native country, the Faroe Islands. They feel that they have outgrown the small island community, present themselves in outrageous colourful clothing and with a superior attitude to all things Faroes. The real purpose of their visit is to solve unfinished family matters, but they soon loose the grip, and find themselves fleeing the answers they came looking for. The girls are "rescued" by Rúni, a local fisherman, who gives them a lift in his old Ford Granada, decorated with zebra covers, flower lights and a stuffed crocodile in the back. On their journey up north they meet, among others, a fallen rock-singer, missionary grandparents, thirsty wedding guests and a Jesus wannabe. Rúni is constantly running errands, there is always someone he has to meet. Who is this silent, shy man? What is his curious business? And why does he get more bruised after each errand? The short route ... Written by Anonymous

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Faroe Islands on film!
1 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must first note that, contrary to the previous reviewer's comment, this film is NOT set in Iceland. It is set in the beautiful and remote Faroe Islands. Funny, I am used to people referring to the Faroes as Denmark, not Iceland! I must also admit that my comments are somewhat biased because I have family that acted in the film and other family that sang on the soundtrack. I have also met one of the two lead actresses and know family of some of the actors. My family is from the Faroe Islands, you see. I saw this film at my college in Colorado, and was absolutely thrilled to see part of my life represented on screen. It was the first time I had ever seen a film in the Faroese language, even BARBARA - a film based on Faroese legend - is in Danish. There have been a couple of films before this one in Faroese, but I hadn't had the chance to see them (I have seen one since). I loved this movie for those reasons, but I also thought it was quite enjoyable in and of itself. I would have to see it again before I could speak more critically on it, since on the first viewing I was just so excited to see it all. But some interesting things to watch in this film are the hints of colonialism and the search for identity that I feel are such a part of the Faroese psyche. Notice the relationships with the Danes - who speak only Danish in the film, for those who don't pick it up. This film is also truly quirky, which makes it a lot more interesting to me than other road films. As a film grad, style counts a lot for me, since so many films are so devoid of it. Now if only this (and other Faroese films) could be released in the States!


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