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The Higher Force (2008)

Stóra planið (original title)
Ashamed for being a debt-collecting thug, David believes that he is an ugly duckling waiting to become a swan. Through an unlikely mentor he finds out that life has indeed something very special in store for him.

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Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon ...
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Magnús
Eggert Þorleifsson ...
Haraldur
Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir ...
Júlía
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Alexander
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Snati
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Wolfi
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Ásgeir (as Jóhann G. Jóhannsson)
Erpur Eyvindarson ...
Elvar
Unnur Vilhjálmsdóttir ...
Anna
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Prestur
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Óskar
Zlatko Krickic ...
Mustang
Einar Örn Einarsson ...
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As a young boy David witnessed a fatal car accident, causing the death of his younger brother. Since then he has sought comfort in a Chinese philosophy video called The Higher Force. To this day, the wisdom of the Higher Force is guiding David through life and despite him being a member of questionable gang of debt-collectors, David is certain that fate has something greater in store for him. Upon moving into a new building, David befriends the landlord, Harald, a lonely elementary school teacher, who senses the young man's insecurity and need for guidance. When Harald finds out that David is a member of a debt-collectors gang, Harald starts playing himself as a big crime lord, owning real estate all over town, employing dubious characters and receiving large shipments of illegal goods from abroad. David's low status amongst his debt-collector mates, who keep putting him down for being a coward, quickly changes once David starts feeding them information on Harald, the mysterious crime... Written by James Cornsmith

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28 March 2008 (Iceland)  »

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ISK 80,000,000 (estimated)
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Director Olaf de Fleur changed most of the scenes five minutes before shooting, he re-wrote them with the actors. See more »

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Admit it: you didn't have this image of Iceland.
8 January 2016 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Iceland has historically been seen as one of the most pristine, idealistic places on Earth. The island's economic collapse in 2007-2008 threw water on this perception, but it rebounded by prosecuting the bankers and essentially bailing out the people. It's safe to say that the country has regained its positive stereotype.

Not if you watch Olaf de Fleur's "Stóra planið" ("The Higher Force" in English), though. This movie depicts a debt collector. I'm talking one real lowlife. I've seen a number of movies from the Scandinavian countries - yes, I count Iceland in that number - which depict people's lives as lowly and miserable, or depict nasty individuals. This stands in sharp contrast to the stereotype of the Nordic countries as immaculate utopias. I suppose that there's bound to be something gritty below the surface.

About half the movie is in Icelandic, half in English, with a little bit of Chinese. Most of the cast won't be recognizable to US audiences, but Michael Imperioli of "The Sopranos" plays a supporting role. I guess that I recommend the movie as an alternate look at Iceland, beyond the stories of the economic meltdown and the images of geothermal springs. Not a great movie, but OK in a pinch. Ísland lifa að eilífu!


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