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Karitas is a single mother of four who desperately tries to make ends meet. Fighting a losing battle with her ex-husband for custody over her three daughters, she's oblivious to what's going on with her twelve year old son Gudmund, a victim of brutal bullying at school and whose life is on the fast track to destruction. Gudmund's only friend in the world is Marinó, a schizophrenic in his forties, who lives with his mother in the same apartment building. When Marinó realizes that his mother has secretly been dating a stranger, Marino starts to lose grip on reality. Gardar is an underworld enforcer who makes a mess at work and as a result his twin brother Georg is beaten up. Exiled both from the underworld and his family, Gardar has to make a fresh start in life. He decided to seek out his family, Gardar has to make a fresh start in life. He decided to seek out his son Gudmund whom he has never seen but the straight and narrow is a though path to follow Written by
Icelandic Film Centre
A fine movie. It's sad, it's funny, sometimes difficult to watch but always entertaining and at the end of it you can't stop thinking about the characters and their life. Go see it. Börn is one of those film that stays with you, makes you think, makes you wonder and makes you feel happy about your own life.
The acting is great, one of the best actor being the one playing Guðmundur the eleven year old son of Karitas, the main character.
Maybe one of the reasons the acting is so good, and why it fells so natural is that the film, its script and all is made by the actors themselves in a kind of workshop. It all feels so natural, the filming shot in black and white in one of Reykjavíks least appealing neighborhoods only adding to that feeling.
The music is also very good. All in all one of the best film I've seen recently.
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