7.0/10
91
3 user 1 critic

Tár úr steini (1995)

About the Icelandic composer Jon Leifs (1899-1968) who spent much of his life in Germany before WWII. The film begins in the 1930s after he has married the daughter of an industrialist, ... See full summary »

Director:

Hilmar Oddsson
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

No Trace (1998)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

This is a story of five friends in Reykjavik, Iceland: the swimming icon, his girlfriend, the sewage expert, the single mother and speed addict, and the convict. They throw a party, but the... See full summary »

Director: Hilmar Oddsson
Stars: Gudmundur Thorvaldsson, Þrúður Vilhjálmsdóttir, Dofri Hermannsson
Veðramót (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young girl breaks up from her petit bourgeoisie home and her piano lessons to lead an entirely new life, as one of the personnel at an institution for juvenile delinquents in a remote ... See full summary »

Director: Guðný Halldórsdóttir
Stars: Tinna Hrafnsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Hera Hilmar
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Three misfits embark on a weekend they will never forget.

Director: Justin Edgar
Stars: Jamie Blackley, Sean Teale, Mike Bailey
Vonarstræti (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Reykjavik pre-school teacher struggles to raise her daughter while selling casual sex to help make ends meet.

Director: Baldvin Zophoníasson
Stars: Hera Hilmar, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Atli Oskar Fjalarsson
The Oath (2016)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Icelandic auteur Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband, 2 Guns, Everest) directs and stars in this psychological thriller about a father who tries to pull his daughter out of her world of drugs and... See full summary »

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Baltasar Kormákur, Hera Hilmar, Gísli Örn Garðarsson
Svartir englar (TV Series 2008)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A story about four Icelandic detectives, working in the gloomy everyday life in Reykjavik where international crime rings are starting to operate.

Stars: Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Hjálmar Hjálmarsson, Ragnheiður Steindórsdóttir
Hamarinn (TV Series 2009)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Cliff is a dramatic mystery about a Crime Detective who is sent to a small community in Iceland to help a local policewoman investigate a suspicious accident. Together they unravel a ... See full summary »

Stars: Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Unnur Birna Jónsdóttir, Ari Kapríus Kristjánsson
Smáfuglar (2008)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

2 Birds takes place during one bright summer night and follows a group of young teenagers on a journey from innocence to adulthood. The main character is a timid boy who has a typical ... See full summary »

Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
Stars: Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Hera Hilmar, Sigurdur Jakob Helgason
The Ashram (2018)
Drama | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After receiving a cryptic message, American skeptic Jamie travels to the Indian Himalayas to pick up on the trail of his missing girlfriend. There, he discovers a secretive community led by... See full summary »

Director: Ben Rekhi
Stars: Sam Keeley, Manoel Orfanaki, Hera Hilmar
Alleycats (2016)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

When bike courier Chris witnesses what looks like a murder, his first instinct is to cut and run. But when his curiosity draws him back in, he's soon embroiled in a world of corruption, political power, and illegal bike racing.

Director: Ian Bonhôte
Stars: Eleanor Tomlinson, John Lynch, Sam Keeley
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Páll is an artistic and sensitive young man. Getting dumped by his girlfriend, Dagny, triggers his descent into madness. We follow him on his way to what seems like inevitable doom; at home... See full summary »

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Stars: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Baltasar Kormákur, Hilmir Snær Guðnason
Skaup (TV Movie 2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Ragnar Bragason
Stars: George Obinwanne Anayamele, Harpa Arnardóttir, Rafnhildur Rósa Atladóttir
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ... Jón
Ruth Olafsdottir Ruth Olafsdottir ... Annie (as Ruth Ólafsdóttir)
Winfried Wagner Winfried Wagner ... Ræðumaður
Ulrich Tukur
Cilia Marianne Úlfsdóttir Cilia Marianne Úlfsdóttir ... Snót yngri (as Cili Marianne Ulfsdóttir)
Guðlaug Ólafsdóttir Guðlaug Ólafsdóttir ... Fríða (as Guðlaug Elísabet Ólafsdóttir)
Thomas Brasch Thomas Brasch
Heinz Bennent ... Herr Richtof
Ingrid Andree ... Fräu Ricthof
Bergþóra Aradóttir Bergþóra Aradóttir ... Líf
Sigrún Lilliendahl Sigrún Lilliendahl ... Snót eldri
Manuela Konopka Manuela Konopka
Benedikt Erlingsson
Gerry Wolf Gerry Wolf
Kurt Veth Kurt Veth
Edit

Storyline

About the Icelandic composer Jon Leifs (1899-1968) who spent much of his life in Germany before WWII. The film begins in the 1930s after he has married the daughter of an industrialist, Annie, who is also a concert pianist. This era was frustrating for Leifs because his works were seldom performed. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Iceland | Germany

Language:

Icelandic | German

Release Date:

15 September 1995 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Tears of Stone See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

ISK 140,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Spoofed in Áramótaskaup 1996 (1996) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Worth seeing
9 August 2005 | by r-hjalmarssonSee all my reviews

In recent years, Icelandic cinema has started to gain world recognition. Spearheaded by the export of the films of Iceland's premier movie maker, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson (Cold Fever), this fledgling film industry is developing an international reputation. Tears of Stone, from director Hilmar Oddsson, tells the story of Jon Leifs, Iceland's most celebrated composer, and was filmed in both Iceland and Germany.

Jon Leifs (Throstur Leo Gunnarsson) made his reputation as a conductor and composer of "modern music" during the 1930s in Germany, where his wife, Annie (Ruth Olafsdottir), was a celebrated pianist. The couple had two daughters, a quiet adolescent named Snot, and a lively six-year old, Lif. As depicted in this biopic, Jon is completely devoted to his youngest child, taking her for long walks, buying her violins, and promising that he will never leave her -- a promise he is eventually forced to break.

The early portion of Tears of Stone focuses on the struggle between the pragmatist and the artist within Jon. His passion is to compose, and he finds himself bursting with music, but conducting is what pays the bills. As long as his wife is working, however, Jon can stay cloistered in a small, dimly-lit room, scrawling notes on paper. But, as the Nazis gain power, Annie, a Jew, finds work increasingly difficult to come by. To avoid compromising his integrity and reputation, Jon returns to Iceland, leaving his family behind. When he comes back to Berlin to protect them against the rising anti-Semitic tide, he is faced with a monstrous choice between collaborating with the Nazis or risking the three people that he loves.

Like almost every well-constructed Holocaust drama, Tears of Stone is ultimately about sacrifice and loss. No one, not the Jewish Anna or the Aryan Jon, escapes from Hitler's reign unscathed. Jon does what he has to do to save his family, but, ironically, loses them because of his actions. And, while this film lacks the gut-wrenching emotional impact of a Schindler's List (Tears of Stone is more melodramatic than hard-hitting), it forces us once again to confront the blackest era of modern history and the many individual tragedies that comprised the whole.

Some of the most poignant moments of Tears of Stone involve Jon's interaction with Lif. Young and naive, she cannot grasp why she, as the child of a Jew, is considered a foreigner in her own country. She doesn't understand the hatred and prejudice that will sever her from her home and eventually part her from her father.

One of the great strengths of Tears of Stone is the fine Icelandic exterior cinematography by longtime Kieslowski collaborator Slawomir Idziak. His amber-filtered shots of the sea are majestic -- the waves look like yellow glass or polished gold, undulating and alive as they crash upon an ice-littered beach. No other images in this visually satisfying movie are quite as vivid. There are times when such photographic excellence compensates for the lead actors' uneven performances.

The title Tears of Stone refers to a child's story that Jon tells Lif. A lost troll, searching for home, is unable to reach his cave before dawn. When the sun's first rays touch the troll, he is turned to stone, as is the single tear that he sheds. Jon carries a polished stone in his pocket that he says is the troll's tear. According to him, "whoever carries this stone will always be able to find his way home." It's ironic that, for most of this film, Jon and his family look for, but don't find, a place they can call home.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed