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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunnar Eyjólfsson ...
Sven Nordin ...
Guðrún Gísladóttir ...
Ragnheiður (as Guðrún S. Gísladóttir)
Sigurður Skúlason ...
Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir ...
Herdís Þorvaldsdóttir ...
Þórir Gunnar Jónsson ...
Theodór Júlíusson ...
Hjalti Rögnvaldsson ...
Ellert Ingimundarson ...
Magnús Ragnarsson ...


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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Release Date:

13 September 2002 (Iceland)  »

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The Sea  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


$61,122 (USA) (11 July 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


Kata: Anyone who doesn't eat whale, doesn't deserve to live.
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References The Celebration (1998) See more »

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Harsh and beautiful landscape
19 July 2006 | by (Minneapolis, USA) – See all my reviews

Iceland always seemed to me to be the place of exotic mystery. The lonely island in the middle of Atlantic ocean. This movie was little more realistic than my assumptions. The story is old and seen many times before - father and children on two completely opposite sides. The battle between tradition and progress , between lifelong dreams and reality. Mr.Kormakur sets his movie on the harsh and beautiful landscape making the nature an active participant. All in all it is a well done film, with strong acting, but with one significant shortcoming. All the characters are so despicable that is hard to take any of it seriously. And than maybe that was the intention.

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