Englar alheimsins (2000)
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Because it's really worth while. I left the cinema feeling really sad. I couldn't get the tragic destiny's of the characters out of my head. And it impressed me even more when I thought of the complexity of the film. Not only was it a tragic story, it had excellent comic reliefs and a very good soundtrack.
If you have the opportunity, watch it! It's really thought provoking and made me ponder a lot.
Really, i'm still under impression of that film. It's very hard, even impossible to combine the humor and the tragedy, but if you succeed (and Frederikson did) the impact would be twice strong.
I compared it with "ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST". I like this film either (and the novel itself is good, too), but after Frederikson's movie it seems simple. (the same difference I noticed after i watched the film "American history X" and "ROMPER STOMPER" - the latter is deeper). I mean Milos Forman only showed the material point of view of the problem. You watch it, then you say Yes, it's a good film, i like him, i don't like her, and that's it. But "Angels" leave you a wide base to think. There are no bad and good boys in the film. Cause each of them have the right to behave in the way they do. Like the girlfriend of one of the patient. Of course she's young and is pregnant and that is a problem for her that his husband is in the clinic, but the feelings and emotional experience of her exfriend are even stronger (the result is his suicide). Why ask him what have he done? Aren't you insane yourself to ask? Why do not support him, help him, understand him? Finally, it is even funny when those people talk to each other. They say genius things! There are a lot of things I would like to say about this film, but i'm not so good in english. But i'm sure, those of you, who have watched the movie, understand me.
The movie has some incredible acting, especially by the main-person, Pall. The supporting actors are also doing a very good job like the patients in the mental institution, the parents and the siblings of Pall. The music is also worth mentioning, supporting the movie throughout, giving depth and feeling.
Although the movie is very scandinavian, it doesn't leave out some humour and has a sort of objective authorship about Pall's life. Still, if you want to see a cheesy comedy or something light-weight, this is not for you. It is a story about people with mental problems, about the way they are being dealt with in society - but most of all, a story about Pall.
I recommend this movie to all movie connoisseurs. It is one of the best movies that has ever come out of Iceland, if not out of Scandinavia.
Actually I don't wanna give rise to any excessive expectations but it is almost frightening how perfect, intense and beautiful this work of Einar Gudmundsson is. When in most movies there is at least one aspect spoiling the whole thing, like good actors but horrible dialogs or a nice scenery but low budget cinematography in Angels of the Universe" there is nothing of this ambivalence. Really everything is just great, even (and not least) the soundtrack with the magnificent Sigur Rós.
In this story about Pall, a student that goes schizophrenic after being dumped by his girlfriend, especially the dialogs (and monologues) deserve some attention: together with (and sometimes in sharp contrast to) the plot they range from depressing and fatalistic to the whole opposite of comical and totally absurd. What is more, they are often (with quotes from Hegel and Shakespeare) of such a poetic beauty that the movie almost drifts into a surreal sphere and is only saved to the real world by its incredibly authentic actors.
One of the other comments was already referring to another point: This movie is no trivial entertainment for relaxing in the evening. Despite of several comical reliefs in between it is largely disturbing, partly cynical and bitter, and most of all sad. It is a modern poetry about a life of insanity with all its emptiness, rage and solitude.
Finally: When you've seen the movie watch it again. There are some great visual metaphors and allusions in it that you realize only when you look twice and connect them with the moral of the story". And of course: read the book, it contains a lot more of the small funny stories in between and also makes you understand some things in the movie a bit better.
The novel is better then the movie and covers all of Pauls life from birth to his death, there is a long time since I saw the movie but if I remember it right the movie doesn't cover Pauls childhood.
"Englar Alheimsins" is funny,sad and powerful if you haven't seen it watch it NOW! and read the novel first it makes the movie better
I recommend this movie to anyone who has decided to take a break from the Hollywood motion pictures and see what unknown directors are capable of.
I really DO recommend it to you.
What I didn´t like about it was it tried to be so depressing when it didn´t have to be. The music by Hilmar and Sigurros tried to do something to us that obviously the film makers thought they weren´t able to. This was way too distracting. It was also very and I mean very annoying. The movie was also far to heavy. The book had much lighter tone to it and even though the movie had some funny scenes in it there and there it felt like a drag and sometimes it were just snapshots and more.
There seemed also to be lack of character developments and you couldn´t get to know him quite well to understand what he was going through. Why did he go insane in the first place.
This was however a difficult task for both the writer and the director considering that it is based on a person that they knew. Einar Már writes the screenplay which is based on his book that is based on his brothers life that wen´t insane and eventually killed himself but the movie just didn´t capture the wibe of the book. I didn´t feel all to sorry for the characters or anything.
overall grade 6.5/10.
Best Icelandic movie ever and one of the best movies of all time.
The music in the film, played by Sigurrós, is very symbolic for the film, it is absolutely brilliant. I recommend everybody who are able to think to go and see this film as soon as possible, you won't be disappointed. I would bet on this film to win the best foreign film award next year all over the globe!
Distinctly and subtly directed by Nordic filmmaker Friðrik Þor Friðriksson, this finely paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated by and mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a heartfelt and reflective portrayal of a philosophical and poetic Icelandic man who after being told by his girlfriend that their relationship is over begins to experience a headache which he later learns from a doctor might be a headache in his heart. While notable for it's naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, distinct cinematography by Danish cinematographer Harald Gunnar Paalgard, sterling production design by Icelandic production designer Jón Steinar Ragnarssson, costume design by Icelandic costume designer Helga I. Stefánsdottir and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven and dialog-driven story about Schizophrenia, interpersonal relations and societal perceptions of mental illness where an inspirited though sick man goes through severe changes in his personality and ends up at a psychiatric hospital called Kleppur, depicts an exceptionally humane and internal study of character and contains a masterful score by Icelandic composers Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Sigur Rós.
This literary, biographical, mysterious and lingering drama from the early 2000s which is set in the capital city of Iceland in the late 20th century and where an gracious friendship arises between an artistic man, a self-declared songwriter and singer of Beatles songs named Óli who wants to become the next president, a man named Viktor who believes he is Hitler and a man named Pétur who thinks he has travelled the solar system and written a thesis on German author Friedrich von Schiller in China, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, profound humour, existentialistic and singular dialog, insightful views on life, graceful aura, comment by Páll : "Nei, ég er ekki dauður." and the wonderful acting performances by Icelandic actors Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, Baltasar Kormákur, Björn Jönindur Friðbjörnsson, Hilmir Snær Guðnasson, Þor Tulinus and Icelandic actress Halldóra Geirharðsdottir. A versatile, cinematographic and life-affirming homage which gained, among several other awards, the Edda Award for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Music and Best Sound Design at the 2nd Edda Awards in 2000.