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Hin helgu vé (1993)

On a small island in the west of Island, Gestur, only seven years old, falls in love with 20 years old Helga. When she introduces him her fiancée one day, he decides to fight the competitor... See full summary »

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Hrafn Gunnlaugsson

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Hrafn Gunnlaugsson (screenplay), Hrafn Gunnlaugsson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Steinþór Rafn Matthíasson Steinþór Rafn Matthíasson ... Gestur
Alda Sigurðardóttir Alda Sigurðardóttir ... Helga
Helgi Skúlason ... Helga's Father
Tinna Finnbogadóttir Tinna Finnbogadóttir ... Kolla
Valdimar Örn Flygenring Valdimar Örn Flygenring ... Hjalmtyr
Agneta Prytz ... Gestur's Grandmother
Edda Björgvinsdóttir ... Gestur's Mother
Arne Nyberg
Aldís Aðalbjarnardóttir Aldís Aðalbjarnardóttir
Andri Garðar Reynisson Andri Garðar Reynisson
Anna S. Karlsdóttir Anna S. Karlsdóttir
Arna Björg Jónasdóttir Arna Björg Jónasdóttir
Arna Bryndís Óskarsdóttir Arna Bryndís Óskarsdóttir
Atli Freyr Friðbjörnsson Atli Freyr Friðbjörnsson
Ásta Guðmundsdóttir Ásta Guðmundsdóttir
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On a small island in the west of Island, Gestur, only seven years old, falls in love with 20 years old Helga. When she introduces him her fiancée one day, he decides to fight the competitor with traditional Wicking weapons. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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A rather average film with interesting milieu
26 December 2019 | by KobusAdAstraSee all my reviews

A young lad, Gestur (Steinþór Rafn Matthíasson), gets sent to live with relatives on an isolated peninsula off the coast of Iceland, while his mother, a concert pianist, is on tour. There the precocious boy falls in love with a woman nearly three times his age. The problem is that she is about to get married...

Close to the homestead is an ancient Viking burial mound, which, the boy is informed, contains a treasure and Viking weapons. Gestur is warned not to dig around the mound, as the spirits residing in the mound, would, when disturbed, cause the farmhouse to burn down. The boy becomes obsessed with the mound. The lad has a lively imagination, and convinces himself that he will need the ancient Viking weapons to kill the young man who is about to marry the girl Gestur is infatuated with.

It is not a great film; the narrative is rather thin. However, I did enjoy the Icelandic landscape and culture of the locals, and the actor who played Gestur did so convincingly. The quality of the copy of the film I viewed was unfortunately rather poor with lots of speckling. (I did not penalize the film for this.) 5.5/10.


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Country:

Iceland | Sweden

Language:

Icelandic

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29 October 1993 (Iceland) See more »

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The Sacred Mound See more »

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