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Autumn Lights (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 21 October 2016 (USA)
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An American photographer adrift in a remote Icelandic community becomes entangled in the lives of a mysterious European couple.


Angad Aulakh


Angad Aulakh
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Credited cast:
Guy Kent ... David
Marta Gastini ... Marie
Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson ... Jóhann
Thora Bjorg Helga Thora Bjorg Helga ... Eva
Salóme Gunnarsdóttir ... Liv (as Salome R. Gunnarsdottir)
Stefán Hallur Stefánsson Stefán Hallur Stefánsson ... Sveinn
Snorri Engilbertsson ... Lars
Kolbeinn Arnbjörnsson Kolbeinn Arnbjörnsson ... Alex
Sveinn Geirsson Sveinn Geirsson ... Detective
Lilja Birgisdottir Lilja Birgisdottir ... Elisa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jordan Goldnadel ... Marcel
Charlotte Vercoustre Charlotte Vercoustre ... Isabella


Set against Iceland's dramatic landscape, Autumn Lights is a story of morality, virtue, and relationships as seen through the eyes of a foreigner in a strange land. The story follows David, an introverted American photographer adrift in remote Iceland while on assignment. When he gets caught in a local investigation after discovering a deserted body washed ashore, David is temporarily bound to a place he doesn't call home and he acquaints himself with the few inhabitants in the area, among them Marie, an Italian woman whose shiftiness betrays not only her beautiful face but her Icelandic husband Jóhann and his own unruffled demeanor. As days pass, David's fascination with the couple intensifies and he slowly begins to find himself entangled in their mysterious lives. Written by Freestyle Releasing

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Drama | Mystery


Not Rated

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Angad Aulakh and Guy Kent lived in Iceland during the film's production process. See more »


David: It's almost like I keep expecting bad things to happen, every time I go out. I don't know how to explain it.
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References The Kid with a Bike (2011) See more »


Music and Lyrics by Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson
Performed by Sigríður Thorlacius
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29 October 2016 | by Barbarax68See all my reviews

As a first review and as a fan of small, foreign films, I happened to stumble upon this title when it was being advertised as playing in Los Angeles & New York. But to my surprise, the title was available on VOD and after watching the intriguing trailer, I gave it a whirl with my husband. I was very moved by this movie. It was unexpected. And I unexpectedly am now writing a review.

To start, the craftsmanship is superb. The music, the cinematography, the strong performances and the direction were not formulaic and expected. It's a film of bold choices and it felt very original. I applaud the director and writer of the film Angad Aulakh for creating something so different... Massive superhero fatigue in this household.

Now the story... it's a small story. It's conversation-driven. It's not about A to B to C, it's about learning who these intricate characters are and it's a dance between them and how their interactions with one another reward (or the opposite) their lives. My husband and I were engrossed by the heart and soul of these characters. They were wise, astute, interesting people who carry immense pain with them. This is not some hot-button, socially-relevant film but why does every film need to be that nowadays? It was lovely to watch a movie about characters who feel very real and lived in and didn't have to be politically or socially charged.

Now Iceland, if you've ever been like I have, you'll know the spectacular beauty. The cinematography just enhances it. But I love that it's not a travelogue film that uses Iceland as a tourist film would. It's just a setting. And it's cold and barren and is an interesting location to set these characters in.

Ms. Gastini, who was beautiful in Borgia, is splendid as Marie. She's complex and highly-watchable. I was very moved by her character's storyline and emotional dilemmas, as she delves in with the film's David, played by the handsome young actor Guy Kent. He, too, is beautiful and touching in the role. There's subtly to his emotions, his melancholy, his lust, and he feels like a real man from a different generation. As they say in the film, "there's more to him than he lets on, and I find that attractive." Well, so do I. The character of David is interesting and unexpected and was filled by an actor who I enjoyed watching and entering into this world with.

My husband and I discussed the film at length afterward. If you like films that provoke conversation, make you look at your own life and your choices, and inspires you by the artistry, this is a film for you. It's a wonderful movie. I highly, highly recommend this title.

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Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$93,000, 23 October 2016

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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