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...

Director:

10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Brúðguminn (2008)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jon, a middle-aged professor is going to get married tomorrow, for the second time, to one of his ex-students half his age. But it's not all roses. First, there's his cranky ... See full summary »

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Laufey Elíasdóttir
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Thirty-year-old Hlynur still lives with his mother and spends his days drinking, watching porn and surfing the net while living off unemployment checks. A girl is interested in him, but he ... See full summary »

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Victoria Abril, Hanna María Karlsdóttir
Jar City (2006)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
Djúpið (2012)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Based on actual events, a fisherman tries to survive in the freezing ocean after his boat capsizes off the south coast of Iceland.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Stefán Hallur Stefánsson, Joi Johannsson
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A husband and wife tangle with an investigator over her dead brother's million-dollar insurance policy.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Kharl Anton Leigh, Peter Coyote, Forest Whitaker
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Páll is an artistic and sensitive young man. Getting dumped by his girlfriend, Dagny, triggers his descent into madness. We follow him on his way to what seems like inevitable doom; at home... See full summary »

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Stars: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Baltasar Kormákur, Hilmir Snær Guðnason
Nói albinói (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, ... See full summary »

Director: Dagur Kári
Stars: Tómas Lemarquis, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Elín Hansdóttir
Inhale (2010)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A couple goes to dangerous lengths to find a lung donor for their daughter.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger, Sam Shepard
Eiðurinn (2016)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Icelandic auteur Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband, 2 Guns, Everest) directs and stars in this psychological thriller about a father who tries to pull his daughter out of her world of drugs and... See full summary »

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Hera Hilmar, Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Financial concerns tempt a security guard to return to his smuggling ways.

Director: Óskar Jónasson
Stars: Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir
Vonarstræti (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three tales of three people who have a lasting effect on one another. A young writer whose career is skyrocketing finds himself in a stormy marriage. He divorces his wife after the death of... See full summary »

Director: Baldvin Zophoníasson
Stars: Hera Hilmar, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Thor Kristjansson
Djöflaeyjan (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of families living in barracks, left by the US Army in Reykjavik at the conclusion of World War II.

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Stars: Baltasar Kormákur, Gísli Halldórsson, Sigurveig Jónsdóttir
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunnar Eyjólfsson ...
Þórður
...
Ágúst
...
Françoise
...
Kristín
Sven Nordin ...
Morten
Guðrún Gísladóttir ...
Ragnheiður (as Guðrún S. Gísladóttir)
Sigurður Skúlason ...
Haraldur
Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir ...
Áslaug
...
María
Herdís Þorvaldsdóttir ...
Kata
Þórir Gunnar Jónsson ...
Teenager
Theodór Júlíusson ...
Bóbó
Hjalti Rögnvaldsson ...
Bensó
Ellert Ingimundarson ...
Hannes
Magnús Ragnarsson ...
Agent
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The truth lies beneath the surface

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

13 September 2002 (Iceland)  »

Also Known As:

The Sea  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$61,122 (USA) (11 July 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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.
See more »

Connections

Edited into Ófærð: Episode #1.1 (2015) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Superb Familial Drama
7 August 2004 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Though the setting is Icelandic, the themes of this familial drama are universal. An aging fishing mogul invites his estranged children home and all hell breaks loose as dark family secrets are revealed and the future of the family and community at large is decided. While there is something to despise in every character (except for perhaps the French girlfriend of the youngest son trapped in the fray) the viewer is left feeling sympathy for almost everyone when all the family feels in the end is apathy for each other. The director seems to be saying that may be the greatest tragedy of all. Dark humor and small glimmers of hope (some family members escape to new lives abroad and the community seems to survive the meltdown and trudges forward) keep the film from becoming too depressing. A beautiful music score and some nice cinematography highlight the often bleak Icelandic landscape. Great direction and powerhouse performances from the international cast help the film soar to operatic heights. A must see for any fan of familial dramas.

Also recommended: "Angels and Insects" and "American Beauty."


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Song from the pizza scene? Peaks
Scandinavia and Families!!!! zoelat
I don't think it is a drama..... jeremy3
Discuss Hafið (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?