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The Higher Force (2008)

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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 ...
Head Waiter
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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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The book the film is based on is "A Gentleman's Tale", writer Thorsteinsson had always the actor Eggert Thorleifsson in mind for the role of Harald. See more »

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Ten years too late
8 August 2008 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

I did have a good time the first 45 min. or so, but then suddenly it was all down hill. The suspense somewhat started to get thin and the jokes somewhat the same all over. What kept it going were the good actors.

But the problem with this film is that it is trying to be cleverly funny,like Tarantino and god is that outdated stuff. Tarantino being a bit overrated sometimes, this movie comes ten years too late. At best it is for teenagers, and I am sure many of them find the character of Johann funny, which he is for the first 30 min. The other problem I have with it is that the story fades away towards the end more and more, thou I tried to find a recovery point. Maybe it didn't recover because the lack of passion comes with the effort of trying to be cleverly funny. Also, like in many movies, sure, good actors who can afford it don't seem to demand a better dialogue, or just turn down the script.


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