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Angels of the Universe (2000)

Englar alheimsins (original title)
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 »

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Einar Guðmundsson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingvar Sigurdsson ... Páll (as Ingvar E. Sigurðsson)
Baltasar Kormákur ... Óli
Hilmir Snær Guðnason ... Pétur
Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson ... Viktor
Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir ... Guðrún Pálsdóttir / Móðir Páls
Theodór Júlíusson Theodór Júlíusson ... Ólafur / faðir Páls
Friðrik Steinn Friðriksson Friðrik Steinn Friðriksson ... Haraldur
Sara Margrét Nordahl Sara Margrét Nordahl ... Svana (as Sara Margrét Mikaelsdóttir)
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir ... Dagný
Þór Tulinius ... Rögnvaldur
Hrönn Steingrímsdóttir Hrönn Steingrímsdóttir ... Móðir Dagnýjar
Pétur Einarsson ... Brynjólfur
Egill Ólafsson ... Lúðvík
Pálmi Gestsson Pálmi Gestsson ... Vilhjálmur
Jón Karl Helgason Jón Karl Helgason ... Eysteinn
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Storyline

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 with his parents who finally can't cope, and in the mental institution, Kleppur. Written by Signy

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Never fall in love because you will become a madman.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

Iceland | Norway | Germany | Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Icelandic

Release Date:

1 January 2000 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Angels of the Universe See more »

Filming Locations:

Reykjavík, Iceland

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The dream scene with the horses is not as clear as it should be. In the book, Páll had three siblings, not two as is shown. Four horses = four siblings. See more »

Quotes

Páll: Dreams: at the bottom of them we perceive the merciless onslaught of reality.
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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Performed by The Animals
Written by Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus and Gloria Caldwell
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I'm still in shock
14 January 2002 | by ziaboSee all my reviews

It is the best film i have seen in the last 5 years. Surely, it will be in the same row with such masterpieces as The Platoon, Apocalypse Now, The Doors, The Dog's Heart (Russian film). Really, the play of the boy and his parents is so good that you can't even say that they "play". No, they LIVE as if it was happening to them. Notice the smile on there faces when the main hero agrees to go for a walk with them. The hate and love in one piece. And the final scene!

Really, i'm still under impression of that film. It's very hard, even impossible to combine the humor and the tragedy, but if you succeed (and Frederikson did) the impact would be twice strong.

I compared it with "ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST". I like this film either (and the novel itself is good, too), but after Frederikson's movie it seems simple. (the same difference I noticed after i watched the film "American history X" and "ROMPER STOMPER" - the latter is deeper). I mean Milos Forman only showed the material point of view of the problem. You watch it, then you say Yes, it's a good film, i like him, i don't like her, and that's it. But "Angels" leave you a wide base to think. There are no bad and good boys in the film. Cause each of them have the right to behave in the way they do. Like the girlfriend of one of the patient. Of course she's young and is pregnant and that is a problem for her that his husband is in the clinic, but the feelings and emotional experience of her exfriend are even stronger (the result is his suicide). Why ask him what have he done? Aren't you insane yourself to ask? Why do not support him, help him, understand him? Finally, it is even funny when those people talk to each other. They say genius things! There are a lot of things I would like to say about this film, but i'm not so good in english. But i'm sure, those of you, who have watched the movie, understand me.

Good luck!


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