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Shadow of the Raven (1988)

Í skugga hrafnsins (original title)
Trausti returns to Iceland just in time to be entangled in a family feud over a stranded whale-cadaver. His mother (the family head) is mortally wounded and Grim kills Erikur; the other ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Trausti
Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir ... Isold
Egill Ólafsson ... Hjoerleifur
... Bishop
... Sigrid
Klara Íris Vigfúsdóttir ... Sol
Helgi Skúlason ... Grim
Johann Neumann ... Leonardo
Helga Bachmann ... Edda
... Egill
Sveinn M. Eiðsson ... Ketill
Flosi Ólafsson ... Erikur
Guðmunda Elíasdóttir ... Fostra
Rúrik Haraldsson ... Lawman
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Trausti returns to Iceland just in time to be entangled in a family feud over a stranded whale-cadaver. His mother (the family head) is mortally wounded and Grim kills Erikur; the other clan leader. Isold, daughter of Erikur now takes his place. Isold and Trausti are attracted to each other, but Isold was promised to Hjoerleifur - the son of the Bishop (of Iceland) and his powerful wife. However, Isold has a plan... Written by Staale A. Olsen <sao@idt.unit.no>

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ISK 200,000,000 (estimated)
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Appearing as a extra in this film is what made Noomi Rapace want to be an actress. According to Rapace, some of the actors where getting tired after a long day of shooting the wedding scene and asked director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson to call it a day. When he heard this, he pointed at Rapace who was still dancing after hours of filming, and said: "Look, if that little girl can continue, then so can you!" See more »

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An Icelandic epic that has everything
28 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Shadow of the Raven is bigger in scope and conception than the only other Icelandic film of its kind (Outlaw: Gisli's Saga). It portrays not only a feud between two families, but the conflict in medieval Iceland between the ancient pagan religion and encroaching Christianity. Naturally, the advocates of Christianity use it for their own political purposes. The other big themes of medieval literature are there as well: conflict of loyalties, treachery by trusted friends, romantic attraction between enemies, and revenge against all odds. The film makes some concessions to modern cinematic conventions - the dialog is not always as terse and ironic as you find in the sagas. But the film is still very authentic, and the action (though it flows from the characters and situations) is not easily predictable.


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