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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon ...
Eggert Þorleifsson ...
Ásgeir (as Jóhann G. Jóhannsson)
Erpur Eyvindarson ...
Unnur Vilhjálmsdóttir ...
Zlatko Krickic ...
Einar Örn Einarsson ...
Head Waiter
Ráðgjafi (scenes deleted)


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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Release Date:

28 March 2008 (Iceland)  »

Also Known As:

Felsőbb erő  »

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ISK 80,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Co-producer Thorvardur Bjorgulfsson who provided the HD gear to shoot the film, loved the script so much that he insisted on becoming a co-producer. See more »

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Unusual, but great stuff
31 March 2008 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

It's not every day that I see as unusual film as this here in Iceland. It's something guaranteed to be different for anyone who sees it. The pointlessness of being seems to be the core theme of this film based on a book by an Icelandic author.

The acting is good, but what won me over was the characters. Petur Johann, our (in my opinion) most promising actor holds the film up with even tempo. All others do well - I especially liked Eggert Thorleifsson as the grumpy teacher but most of all, from the side characters Micheal Imperioli did a great job. He could have been too big for this film but he manages to fall with the Icelandic cast. And of course I have to mention Stefan Schaefer as the adorable Wolfi.

The editing, filming was good, a little to gritty at times, but kept a nice overall look, and locations were great. Almost no nature shot, which is was Icelandic films often thrive on.

Unusual, but great stuff.

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