After the death of his father, a private investigator in Iceland leads his own search to discover what really happened.
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Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir ...
Freyja
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Harald G. Haraldsson ...
Tóti
Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir ...
María
Bryndís Jónsdóttir ...
Eiginkona Kjartans
Stefán Jónsson ...
Jón ritstjóri
Hanna María Karlsdóttir ...
Dagný
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Siggi
Hjalti Rögnvaldsson ...
Pétur
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Reporter follows trail of his newly-discovered father to a remote dam
29 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Cold Trail" (2006) is a fine neo-noir. It's easy to recommend it. The movie operates as a mystery-thriller with romance on the side.

Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson plays a reporter (Baldur) for a tabloid. He's close to his mom and has flings with women but nothing steady. He's never known his father because his mother was separated from him and didn't want this bad man to have anything to do with her son. Fate intervenes when the father dies at a remote dam from a fall, and it becomes a news story with a ghost angle. There are some suspicious circumstances; the security camera wasn't working that day. Baldur's mom tells him about his father (Tóti), and Baldur gets a job at the dam, hoping to find out what kind of man Tóti was and how he died.

This takes us into remote snowy areas near a glacier and into another sparsely populated world really, where snowmobiles are essential and reindeer, a protected species, forage. Baldur meets Freyja (Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir) at a remote house near the final bus stop, and she takes him to the dam by snowmobile.

The color in this movie is intentionally bleached out, giving it a limited palette of blues and greens and light yellows mainly. This works all right. There is some occasional shaky camera work, again intentional and meant to convey instability and unpredictability. It's quite brief and doesn't harm the picture. Staging, acting and editing all work well to create a compact and competent film whose characters we care about.

Thrillers or thriller segments are sometimes concocted and follow formulas. This one doesn't. Everything that happens seems natural and logical, given the characters involved. The story is strong.

Nordic noir has staked out a more than respectable niche in the neo-noir category. The combination of well-etched and original characters, novel locations and well-knit stories that are not Hollywood and stick to their regional strengths and creativity makes these films very enjoyable.


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