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The Seagull's Laughter (2001)
"Mávahlátur" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  13 February 2004 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir ...
Ugla Egilsdóttir ...
Björn Theódór
Hilmir Snær Guðnason ...
Edda Björg Eyjólfsdóttir ...
Bára Lyngdal Magnúsdóttir ...
Eyvindur Erlendsson ...
Guðlaug Ólafsdóttir ...
Ninna (as Guðlaug Elísabet Ólafsdóttir)
Sigurveig Jónsdóttir ...
Dilja Mist ...
Emilía (as Diljá Mist Einarsdóttir)
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir ...
Jónína Ólafsdóttir ...
Charlotte Bøving ...


Post-war provincial Iceland: around 1950, Freyja, who'd been a plump teen, returns from America, a widow with a 20-inch waist, seven suitcases of dresses, and a list of who ever wronged or slighted her. She moves in with an aunt and socialist uncle: finding a new husband is high on her agenda, and she's mistrusted by Agga, a pre-teen who's our eyes and ears. The social order and Freyja are more complicated than they seem at first, and so may be her prospects. Class divisions, families ties, pride, the onset of puberty, and the power of Eros sliver the ice. Written by <>

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bronchitis | based on novel


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8 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE SEAGULL'S LAUGHTER does one thing that international films rarely achieve: It transfers humor from one culture to another without exaggeration or silliness. The ironic nature of its black humor permeates each scene, resulting in a truly delightful film. The Left Elbow Index consider seven aspects of film--acting, plot, character, dialogue, production sets, artistry and film continuity--on a scale of 10 for excellent, 5 for average, and 1 for weak. First off, there are no weak areas in this film. The acting is very good by all the characters, with Ugla Egilsdottir's a notch above the others. It is difficult to believe those who claim this is her first major acting job. She's great in this role. The plot is also very good, and the adherence to plot structure is superior to most other films. The characters are average, mostly comic stereotypes in the British manner. The dialogue is average, with a total absence of trite interjections that find their way into some many Hollywood and Ballywood movies. No one has to make cute inane comments in this one. The production set are excellent, both indoors and outdoors, especially those which contrast the crowded living condition with the vast expanses of Iceland. The artistry is normal in the areas of costumes and music. The film continuity is very good in regard to tone and suspense. Just what will Agga do next? The Left Elbow Index average is 7.85, when equated to the IMDb scale it is a 9.0. Alas, this is a totally enjoyable movie, and I recommend it for some fun entertainment.

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