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1 June 2000 (Iceland) See more »
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30° below zero, five hours of daylight, what else can you do but get wrecked
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Thirty-year-old Hlynur still lives with his mother and spends his days drinking, watching porn and surfing... See more » | Add synopsis »
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9 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Hot stuff from Iceland See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Victoria Abril ... Lola

Hilmir Snær Guðnason ... Hlynur Bjorn Hafsteinsson
Hanna María Karlsdóttir ... Berglind
Þrúður Vilhjálmsdóttir ... Hófí

Baltasar Kormákur ... Þröstur

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... Marri
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ... Brúsi
Eyvindur Erlendsson ... Hafsteinn
Halldóra Björnsdóttir ... Elsa
Hilmar Jonsson ... Magnús
Jóhann Sigurðarson ... Páll
Edda Heidrún Backman ... Kona Páls

Gudmundur Thorvaldsson ... Ellert (as Guðmundur Ingi Þorvaldsson)
Gunnar Eyjólfsson ... Nágranni
Jónína Ólafsdóttir ... Kona á Tryggingarm
Halldór Gylfason ... Stöðumælavörður
Pétur Einarsson ... Pabbi Magga
Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir ... Mamma Magga
Berglind Steinarsdóttir ... Systir Magga
Gunnar H. Gunnarsson ... Mágur Magga
Sigríður Helgadóttir ... Amma
Inga Maria Valdimarsdóttir ... Vinkona Hófíar
Agnar Jón Egilsson ... Rósi
Rósi Hattari ... Barfluga
Atli Rafn Sigurðsson ... Gulli
Guðrún María Bjarnadóttir ... Ingey
Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir ... Gunna
Benedikt Ingi Armannsson ... Óli (as Benedikt Ingi Ármannsson)
Monica Abendroth ... Kona á Skipper
Sigurður Pálmi Sigurbjörnsson ... Pizzasendill
Ólafur Evert Ulfsson ... Hlynur yngri (as Ólafur Evert)
Guðrún Ósk Maríasdóttir ... Elsa yngri.
Ingi Haraldsson ... Þröstur yngri
Steinar V. Ægisson ... Marri Yngri
Óskírö Baröarsdóttir ... Kristinn Milagros
Buörún Helga Tryggvadóttir ... Kristinn Milagros
Tristan Alex Jónsson ... Kristinn Milagros
Jón Pétur Þorsteinsson ... Börn í Fjölskylduboði
Elmar Johnson ... Börn í Fjölskylduboði
Kristín Hrönn Gunnarsdóttir ... Börn í Fjölskylduboði
Lilja Björg Gunnarsdóttir ... Börn í Fjölskylduboði
Fríða Bonnie Andersen ... Systir Marra
Cosimo Heimir F. Einarsson ... José (as Coslom H.F. Einarsson)
Sólrún Yngvadóttir ... Sunddrottning
Ragnhildur Guðnadóttir ... Kærasti Ellerts
Konráð Valsson ... Sjoppueigandi
Lísa Kristjánsdóttir ... Lesbísk kona á bar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katrin Baldursdóttir ... Flamenco nemandi
Kristinn Á. Friðbjörnsson ... Prestur
Brynhildur Guðjónsdóttir ... Staðgengill Lolu
Vilborg Halldórsdóttir ... Flamenco nemandi
Sólveig Hauksdóttir ... Flamenco nemandi
Halla Margrét Jóhannesdóttir ... Flamenco nemandi
Hildur Jóhannesdóttir ... Flamenco nemandi
Anna Jóhannsdóttir ... Flamenco nemandi
Jón Atli Jónasson ... Par á kióetti (as Jon Atli Jónasson)
Eva María Jónsdóttir ... Flamenco nemandi
Kristbjörg Kjartansdóttir ... Flamenco nemandi
Yvonne Leftner ... Flamenco nemandi
Linda Sigurjónsdóttir ... Par á kióetti
Eyrún Stelnsson ... Eróbikkgella
Kristin Valsdóttir ... Flamenco nemandi
Nanna Hiff Yngvadóttir ... Flamenco nemandi
Maria Heba Þokelsdóttir ... Flamenco nemandi

Ingvar Þórðarson ... Sjúkraliði
Bjarki Guðjónsson ... (uncredited)
Dagbjört Rós Helgadóttir ... (uncredited)
Esther Jökulsdóttir ... (uncredited)
Eyvindur Karlsson ... (uncredited)
Baltasar Breki Samper ... (uncredited)
Sturla Sighvatsson ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Baltasar Kormákur 
 
Writing credits
Hallgrímur Helgason (novel)

Baltasar Kormákur 

Produced by
Michael P. Aust .... co-producer
Baltasar Kormákur .... producer
Markus Selin .... co-producer: Finland
Magnús Viðar Sigurðsson .... line producer (as Magnús V. Sigurðsson)
Ingvar Þórðarson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Damon Albarn 
Einar Örn Benediktsson 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Steuger 
 
Film Editing by
Skule Eriksen 
Sigvaldi J. Kárason 
 
Casting by
Andrea Brabin 
 
Makeup Department
Manolo García .... personal hair stylist: Victoria Abril
Ásta Hafthórsdóttir .... key makeup artist
Ana Lozano .... personal makeup artist: Victoria Abril
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thoromar Jónsson .... assistant director
Lísa Kristjánsdóttir .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Emil Petursson .... head carpenter
 
Sound Department
Kjartan Kjartansson .... sound
Ingvar Lundberg .... sound editor
Ingvar Lundberg .... split mixer
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
 
Special Effects by
Haukur Karlsson .... special effects technician
Eggert Ketilsson .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Lutz Lemke .... title sequence designer/animator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Geir Magnússon .... electrician
Michael Müller .... key grip
Fridrik Orn .... still photographer
Ingvar Stefánsson .... best boy
 
Transportation Department
Hilmar Thor Arnason .... transportation
Skúli Þór Hilmarsson .... driver: Victoriu Abril
 
Other crew
Dalla Johannsdottir .... script supervisor
 

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88 min
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Trivia:
Directorial debut of Baltasar Kormákur.See more »
Quotes:
Lola:So, what do you do?
Hlynur:Nothing.
Lola:What kind of nothing?
Hlynur:The nothing kind of nothing.
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It's All RightSee more »

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33 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Hot stuff from Iceland, 21 September 2000
Author: analog-3 from London, UK

At first I thought this would be yet another melancholic Scandinavian psycho-drama involving a boy and his coming out lesbian mum. The plot is indeed somewhat along these lines, but there's nothing melancholic let alone Scandinavian about this funny funny movie.

However this is not exactly a comedy either although it turns out to be comical enough. Rather it's a slice of life seen through the glasses of an almost 30 years old drone, brilliantly played by Hilmir Snaer Gudnason, living off benefits and his far too indulgent mother.

Hlynur the anti-hero sleeps til noon, loafs around at home all day and drinks all night. Although he manages to sleep with members of the opposite sex, he can't bear to wake up to them. In other words he's a modern Peter Pan refusing to grow up -- if you can imagine Peter Pan as an apathetic chain-smoking sloth in a parka. And he seems fairly content with his simple non-life until Victoria Abril waltzes in .

The scene where Hlynur's mum confesses her new found sexual direction is nothing short of wonderful. It has an unerring ring of truth to it: a family drama played out over a quiet cuppa in the kitchen and it manages to be moving and hilarious at the same time. In that very scene Gudnason also shows off his exquisite acting skills: with great restraint and uttering PC platitudes he betrays the emotional battle raging within. Pathetic yet sympathetic.

Hlynur is played with just the right blend of indifference, impotence (although not sexual) and self-pity needed for the part and, though fairly unsympathetic to begin with, he grows on you as he reveals himself as a lost little boy. That much of his depressive nerd personality is more or less kept throughout the whole process is yet another proof of the quality of the acting and writing in 101 Reykjavik.

All the main actors central to the plot give stellar performances and many of the marginals too. The music is interesting, scored by our very own Damon Albarn (of Blur) and Einar the Sugarcube (Bjork's Svengali). I especially liked the ambient-reggae version of the old Kinks standard Lola.

Some of the dialogue is in Icelandic which is fine as long as it is subtitled. Much of it is however in English delivered in a bizarre -- but fortunately intelligible -- cocktail of Icelandic and Spanish accents.

There are few drawbacks to this flick, the main one being the obligatory landscape scene of some glacier or lava... I forget. But that's like criticizing a three star restaurant for a spelling error in the menu. -- The superb Reykjavik nightlife scenes are however not to be missed and could well serve as advertisements for Icelandair.

One nice oddity is the nowadays little used narrator voice-over. Well, actually Hlynur serves more as a commentator to the respective fixes he finds himself in, deadpan, mordant and hilarious, but rarely explaining much which the viewer hasn't already divined far better than Hlynur himself ever will. I suspect that these comments are original quotes from the novel on which the film is based.

Played out with extremely dry, self-depreciating, almost Jewish humor, the movie draws to an end as a fairly touching story of familial love disguised as an adult coming-of-age movie, wrapped inside a black comedy. And as often enough happens in real life this Gordian knot of personal problems more or less unravels itself. In a movie however such a solution may seem cheap, but this one gets away with it as the characters just carry on with their lives after redefining the nuclear family.

This is the directing debut by actor/director Baltasar Kormakur, who also wrote the script. Actors do often not make the best directors, but Kormakur proves to be an exception to that rule. The characters are well developed as one could expect, but they are not allowed to get in the way of the storytelling, which relies more on visual details and physical acting than endless dialogue and over-dramatization. This is doubly impressing considering the literary origin of the movie.

And maybe this is a clue to why this film works so well: it is uniquely Icelandic (or should I say Mid-Atlantic), drawing on European and American filmmaking traditions, thus enjoying the best of both worlds: old and new. I know it will work in Britain and Europe and the Americans seem to like it as well judging by the rave review 101 Reykjavik got in Variety and the success at the influential Toronto film festival.

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