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


$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 »


Kata: Anyone who doesn't eat whale, doesn't deserve to live.
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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."

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