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October 2004 (Iceland) See more »
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An Icelandic short about an old man who might leave his farm keeps a secret. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Directed by
Rúnar Rúnarsson 
 
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Rúnar Rúnarsson 

Produced by
Skuli Fr. Malmquist .... producer
Thor Sigurjonsson .... producer (as Þórir Snær Sigurjónsson)
 
Original Music by
Kjartan Sveinsson 
 
Cinematography by
Magni Ágústsson 
 
Film Editing by
Sigurbjorg Jonsdottir 
 
Art Department
Haukur Karlsson .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Steingrímur E. Guðmundsson .... sound (as Steingrímur Eyfjörð Guðmundsson)
Ingvar Lundberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Björn Viktorsson .... sound recordist
 
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Hlín Jóhannesdóttir .... production coordinator
 

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"Síðasti bærinn" - Iceland (original title)
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A Beautifully Photographed and Acted Stark Look at An Old Man's Choices, 3 March 2006
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"The Last Farm (Síðasti bærinn í dalnum)" is a moving visualization of Dylan Thomas's admonition of "Do not go gentle into that good night."

Amidst beautiful cinematography of rural Iceland, we see an old farmer methodically go about his plans. Through physical pain and the determination of a craftsman, he is very intent and serious.

For most of the film we think his monosyllabic interaction with friends and family is about closing up to resettle in a retirement community, though he certainly doesn't look happy looking at its colorful brochure.

In contrast to the preternaturally cheerful way that younger folks speak to him, this is one old wily independent isolate who chooses to live his life in his own distinctive way.

What at first seems macabre and shocking becomes a frank look at dealing with old age. With very minimal dialog, this stark film is very sympathetic to the farmer's unusual choices.

This film was viewed as part of a commercial screening of Oscar nominated shorts.

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