Cold Light (2004)
"Kaldaljós" (original title)

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What could be better than knowing your future? And what could be worse? A love-filled childhood abruptly ends when catastrophe descends. One that the child had foreseen yet failed to act upon.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir ...
Woman in reception
Ruth Olafsdottir ...
Steinunn Harðardóttir ...
Borghildur Thors ...
Woman in a window
Áslákur Ingvarsson ...
Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir ...
Helga Braga Jónsdóttir ...
Snæfríður Ingvarsdóttir ...
Thórey Sigthórsdóttir ...
Thóra, Grimur's mother
Marta Nordal ...
Woman at the exhibition
Elís Philip William Scobie ...


A 40-year-old is hiding in a self-made prison of mundane life. The film opens as he finally becomes resolved to dare gaze at and come to terms with someone's totally different life. His unthinkable past. He turbulently sheds the cobwebs to find that light and happiness have been awaiting him. And this potentially cold cinematic knock on life's door becomes a defiantly uplifting work of art. Written by IFC

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Do you sometimes feel that you know something will happen before it does? Something bad...




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Release Date:

1 January 2004 (Iceland)  »

Also Known As:

Cold Light  »

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€2,200,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Well crafted, intimate childhood scenes
27 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As I was watching this film I realized once again how lucky we are to have other sources of film than Hollywood. The plot repeatedly comes to a stop, in order to allow the full development of a moment - a child listening to the sounds of a new born baby in the night, the long wait by fisherman families at a dock for the return of a capsized boat (along with the discovery of who perished) - the repeated view of the great mountain above the village, the perilous threat of the sea, the family breakfast and bedroom moments, ... the short telephone call to his love, announcing that he was joining his life to hers. So much interior development. Which is where it occurs, right? The film passes a key test of quality for me - one week after viewing I am still thinking and remembering it with interest and pleasure.

Caveat: I'm Icelandic myself (i.e., my Grandfather was) - but wouldn't have a problem panning a poor quality Icelandic film.

Calvin Arnason

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