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Bye Bye Bluebird (1999)

Bye Bye Blue Bird (original title)
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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Uneven, but very enjoyable
3 March 2002 | by (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

While watching this film I found my attention slipping from time to time. At other moments I was thoroughly enjoying myself. So my reaction to this film is mixed.

Two eccentric young women, Rannvá and Barba, come to their native Faroer to find some connection with their past and their families. In the beginning of the film it seems, because of the women's erratic and provocative behaviour, that their only objective is to show the local inhabitants how extremely boorish and unsophisticated they (the locals) are. But through a series of seemingly unrelated events and persons we learn more about the history of both characters and the seriousness of their quest for belonging.

Accompanied by their faithful driver Rúni, who himself is on a quest for work in an interesting but never fully realized sub-plot, they drive through the beautiful Faroer landscape. Their moods swing from the deeply tragic to the highly exhilarated.

It is in these exhilarated moments that the girls really come to life and for me these were the scenes that I found most enjoyable. A feeling of genuine fun is transmitted through the TV-screen (I missed this one in the cinema) and this made me really like these women.

The tragic scenes seemed to me a little over the top and did not feel very genuine, too much like two actresses desperately trying to convey an emotion they do not feel at that moment. It was in these moments that my attention wandered from the screen and it is here that I think this movie is mostly unconvincing.

All in all still a very enjoyable, nicely paced film with good camera work and editing, conveying a slight sense of disorientation which helps in evoking the spirit the women are in.


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