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Hrútar (2015)

R | | Drama | 28 May 2015 (Iceland)
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In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what's dearest to them - their sheep.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigurður Sigurjónsson ...
Gummi
Theodór Júlíusson ...
Kiddi
Charlotte Bøving ...
Katrin
Jón Benónýsson ...
Runólfur
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Grímur
Þorleifur Einarsson ...
Sindri
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Bjarni
Ingrid Jónsdóttir ...
Eygló
Jörundur Ragnarsson ...
Villi
Viktor Már Bjarnason ...
Finnur
Ólafur Ólafsson ...
Tóti
Jenný Lára Arnórsdóttir ...
Þórey
Guðrún Sveinbjörnsdóttir ...
Hildur
Þorsteinn Gunnar Bjarnason ...
Beggi Lögga
Anna Sæunn Ólafsdóttir ...
Sigga Lögga

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In a secluded valley in Iceland, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral sheep-stock is considered one of the country's best and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams who carry an ancient lineage. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi's sheep, the entire valley comes under threat. The authorities decide to cull all the animals in the area to contain the outbreak. This is a near death sentence for the farmers, whose sheep are their main source of income, and many abandon their land. But Gummi and Kiddi don't give up so easily - and each brother tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in the brothers will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations, and themselves, from extinction. Written by Netop Films

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A Tragicomedy about brothers who haven't spoken in four decades

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Drama

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Rated R for language and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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28 May 2015 (Iceland)  »

Also Known As:

Carneros: La historia de dos hermanos y ocho ovejas  »

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Budget:

€1,750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,289 (USA) (5 February 2016)

Gross:

$141,922 (USA) (8 April 2016)
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In France, where ARP Selection is distributing, the movie has been thriving at the box office. See more »

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The sheep are credited as actors. See more »

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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #45.3 (2016) See more »

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Aðfangadagskvöld
Song by Stephen Foster (as S. Foster)
Lyrics by Ragnar Jóhanneson
Performed by Haukur Morthens and band
Arranged by Ólafur Gaukur
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Not your conventional film...
19 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Rams rests on a rather uncomplicated plot involving two brothers whose relationship can best be described as antipathetic, yet is beautifully revived over their shared endearment of their sheep. Whilst the storyline is unimaginative, the distinctive appeal of this Icelandic film-making gem, lies in what I'd term 'the hidden plot'. Rams is not about the characters, it's about their relationship with themselves, their environment and each other. It is not about the script, it is about the sentiment and meaning which embeds the words. And it is not about the desolate and barren Icelandic landscape, harsh, grim and evocative, but instead about how that setting interacts with the people, the sheep and their lives. Rams is a film of acute symbolism. The sheep are the only sings of aspiration and hope, economically and somewhat socially- speaking, in this paradoxically alluring and heart-renting part of the remote Icelandic North West. The talented cast deserves a mention. Behind your Johnny Depp's, Brad Pitt's and Vin Diesel's, lies a class of unknown, yet more authentic actors and actresses. I get the feeling I am watching a documentary on their lives on the Discovery Channel. Refreshingly alluring, Rams is a film which will make you think and question.


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