6.8/10
1,061
23 user 12 critic

The Juniper Tree (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 12 February 1993 (Iceland)
Margit and her older sister, Katla, flee their homeland after their mother is killed for practicing witchcraft. Needing a place to stay, Katla casts a spell over a young farmer named Jóhann which makes him fall in love with her.

Director:

Nietzchka Keene

Writer:

Nietzchka Keene
Reviews
Popularity
4,657 ( 14,506)
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Björk ... Margit (as Björk Guðmundsdóttir)
Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir ... Katla
Valdimar Örn Flygenring Valdimar Örn Flygenring ... Jóhann
Guðrún Gísladóttir ... Mother
Geirlaug Sunna Þormar Geirlaug Sunna Þormar ... Jónas
Edit

Storyline

Margit and her older sister, Katla, flee their homeland in Iceland after their mother is killed for practicing witchcraft. Needing a place to stay, Katla casts a spell over a young farmer named Jóhann which makes him fall in love with her, ensuring the wellbeing of herself and Margit. Jóhann's son, Jóhas, sees through Katla's plan and pleads for his father to make her go away. To help Jóhas in his struggle, Margit's mother appears to Margit in visions and provides a magic amulet of protection for the boy. Will Jóhas be able to rid his family of Katla or will she continue to control them with her witchcraft? Written by Todd Rose

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Twisted Tale of Witchcraft and Mysticism

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Feature film debut of singer Björk as an actress. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Margit: Where did she go?
Mother: She became ashes and left with the wind.
Margit: And her soul?
Mother: Her soul... was tied with the heart of a bird.
Margit: And the thread will hold forever?
Mother: Until the bird's heart breaks.
See more »

User Reviews

 
Björk, black and white, Icelandic
24 September 2020 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Margit (Björk) and older sister Katla leave their home after their mother is stoned to death for witchcraft. Katla casts a love spell on farmer Jóhann. Jóhann is helplessly spellbound but his son Jónas refuses to accept her.

It's black and white. It's Icelandic. It's brooding. There is no pale-faced death playing chess but there is some weirder stuff. I don't know what the black hole is meant to be. The movie misses an opportunity to start with a more visceral intensity by showing the stoning and the sisters being chased by the angry villagers. Of course, I stuck with this mostly for Björk. She has an intriguing charisma although her acting has limitations. This is what one can expect from an Icelandic black and white movie about death and witchcraft.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

Iceland

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1993 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Juniper Tree See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed