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The Sea (2002)
"Hafið" (original title)

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A rich father in a fisher village plans to take on the project of writing his life story. But first he has to take on his own family, and everybody wants something...

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Gunnar Eyjólfsson ...
Þórður
Hilmir Snær Guðnason ...
Ágúst
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Françoise
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Kristín
Sven Nordin ...
Morten
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Ragnheiður (as Guðrún S. Gísladóttir)
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Haraldur
Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir ...
Áslaug
Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir ...
María
Herdís Þorvaldsdóttir ...
Kata
Þórir Gunnar Jónsson ...
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Theodór Júlíusson ...
Bóbó
Hjalti Rögnvaldsson ...
Bensó
Ellert Ingimundarson ...
Hannes
Magnús Ragnarsson ...
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Wealthy, aging patriarch Thordur assembles his scattered heirs to discuss the future of the family fishery. But bringing everyone together unleashes a storm of long-repressed sexual abuse, lingering suspicions, sibling rivalries and incestuous passions. Ultimately, it's a heartless battle between the past and the future that culminates in a night of explosive rage. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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$61,122 (USA) (11 July 2003)
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Delightfully powerful and emotional
2 October 2002 | by (Reykjavik, Iceland) – See all my reviews

The Sea is Baltasar Kormákur's second movie as a director. He showed real prospect with his debut, 101 Reykjavik, and now he's ensembled a big part of Iceland's most respected actors for another shot at an Icelandic community. THis time he goes out into a small fishervillage and follows an emotional showdown in the village's richest family. I'm not going to reveal the whole plot at this point as not to spoil the experience of seeing the film. Instead i'm trying to share my experience of it.

Firstly, the acting and directing is quite something. Gunnar Eyjólfsson, a respected stage-actor, gets his first big movie-role here, and absolutely takes my breath away with his powerful performance. Hilmir Snaer Gudnason, the star of 101, establishes himself as one of Iceland's best actors. Actually, there are too many leading roles here to name them all, but there's nowhere a weak link in the cast.

The cinematography is very good, and does nothing but enhance the mood in the film. No flaws in editing, or any other technical aspect of the film.

The only minor flaws I noticed were that when the movie is reaching its climax, one tends to get a little confused, with all those characters and all, but it didn't really bother me much.

So, I saw this movie as extremely powerful, both visually and emotionally, with great musical score, real feelings, and a very black and cool humor.

Nine out of ten!!!


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