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
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Ágúst
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Françoise
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Kristín
Sven Nordin ...
Morten
Guðrún Gísladóttir ...
Ragnheiður (as Guðrún S. Gísladóttir)
Sigurður Skúlason ...
Haraldur
Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir ...
Áslaug
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María
Herdís Þorvaldsdóttir ...
Kata
Þórir Gunnar Jónsson ...
Teenager
Theodór Júlíusson ...
Bóbó
Hjalti Rögnvaldsson ...
Bensó
Ellert Ingimundarson ...
Hannes
Magnús Ragnarsson ...
Agent
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Storyline

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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The truth lies beneath the surface

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13 September 2002 (Iceland)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$4,191 (USA) (16 May 2003)

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$61,122 (USA) (11 July 2003)
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Despite the fact that Herdís Þorvaldsdóttir is only 3 years older than Gunnar Eyjólfsson, she plays his mother in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Kata: Anyone who doesn't eat whale, doesn't deserve to live.
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Chilly drama
8 March 2004 | by (The Hague (The Netherlands)) – See all my reviews

I think this is an excellent movie. If it was released in an English-spoken version it would probably have been a great success. I think this movie was never released in the Netherlands. Luckily it's now available on DVD. The movie is mainly Icelandic-spoken; some parts in English and French. The only problem I have with this movie is that it's hard to like any of the characters in this movie. They are all anti-social, selfish and cruel. I hope this movie is not an accurate portrayal of Icelandic social life. The only human person Françoise is from France (is there a message here?), played excellently by Hélène de Fougerolles. But her character is annoyingly passive at the crucial points at the end of the story; I found this not very convincing because at the start of the movie she's showing a lot of initiative.


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