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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
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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
Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir ...
María
Herdís Þorvaldsdóttir ...
Kata
Þórir Gunnar Jónsson ...
Teenager
Theodór Júlíusson ...
Bóbó
Hjalti Rögnvaldsson ...
Bensó
Ellert Ingimundarson ...
Hannes
Magnús Ragnarsson ...
Agent
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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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The truth lies beneath the surface

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13 September 2002 (Iceland)  »

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

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$61,122 (USA) (11 July 2003)
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Excellent acting and photography enliven standard dysfunctional family drama.
1 September 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

There is not one performance in this film that isn't well done and captivating. The unusual rustic settings and photography are constantly engrossing. The direction is excellent and the editing keeps the film moving at a good pace.

So what's wrong? I've seen it before. The dysfunctional Scandinavian family film is a genre unto itself. You get kung fu films from China, you get Bollywood musicals from India and you get dysfunctional family films from Scandinavia.The problems in this film are unique but the whole story arc that leads to a climatic blow-up is typical of the genre.

That all said, I enjoyed the film and recommend it with the warning that you might have seen it all before.


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