An intimate story about four people falling in and out of love told over an afternoon of intense conversation, soul searching, and new discoveries revealed on a journey leading to an ... See full summary »
A group of teenage girls are terrorized by Sister Ursula, a nun that believes she must rid the world of all sin. After Sister Ursula mysteriously disappears, the Catholic school is shut ... See full summary »
SELFIE is a PG13 action comedy that embodies MEAN GIRLS in a Tarantino tone targeting the centennial market that will encapsulate and define the pop culture of our decade, with the feel of Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens.
Reporter follows trail of his newly-discovered father to a remote dam
"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.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?