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101 Reykjavík (2000)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 1 June 2000 (Iceland)
Will the 30 y.o. Hlynur ever move out of his mother's apartment in Reykjavík? Social welfare keeps him passive but things change when his mother's Spanish friend, Lola, arrives and stays through Xmas and New Year's Eve.

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Baltasar Kormákur
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Abril ... Lola
Hilmir Snær Guðnason ... Hlynur Bjorn Hafsteinsson
Hanna María Karlsdóttir Hanna María Karlsdóttir ... Berglind
Þrúður Vilhjálmsdóttir Þrúður Vilhjálmsdóttir ... Hófí
Baltasar Kormákur ... Þröstur
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... Marri
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ... Brúsi
Eyvindur Erlendsson Eyvindur Erlendsson ... Hafsteinn
Halldóra Björnsdóttir Halldóra Björnsdóttir ... Elsa
Hilmar Jonsson Hilmar Jonsson ... Magnús
Jóhann Sigurðarson Jóhann Sigurðarson ... Páll
Edda Heidrún Backman Edda Heidrún Backman ... Kona Páls
Gudmundur Thorvaldsson ... Ellert (as Guðmundur Ingi Þorvaldsson)
Gunnar Eyjólfsson ... Nágranni
Jónína Ólafsdóttir Jónína Ólafsdóttir ... Kona á Tryggingarm
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Storyline

Thirty-year-old Hlynur still lives with his mother and spends his days drinking, watching porn and surfing the net while living off unemployment checks. A girl is interested in him, but he stands back from commitment. His mother's Spanish flamenco teacher, Lola, moves in with them for Christmas. On New Year's Eve, while his mother is away, Hlynur finds out Lola is a lesbian, but also ends up having sex with her. He soon finds out he and his mother are sharing more than a house. Eventually he must find out where he fits into the puzzle, and how to live life less selfishly. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com/Peter Brandt Nielsen

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30° below zero, five hours of daylight, what else can you do but get wrecked

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Comedy | Romance

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Directorial debut of Baltasar Kormákur. See more »

Quotes

Hlynur: [voice over] Why don't they show any porn in the morning? It's easy to get the rest up once your dicks up and about.
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Referenced in I'm Tired of Killing Your Lovers (2002) See more »

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Nótt
Performed by Sigurður Markan
Written by Magnús Gíslason and Árni Thorsteinsson
Courtesy of Skífan
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Kaurismaki meets Almodovar
17 October 2004 | by KrustallosSee all my reviews

Others have rehearsed the plot so here are some general comments.

The best thing about this film is Victoria Abril who is not so much a woman as a force of nature. I must admit I've not seen any of her work with Almodovar, but I was surprised to learn from the DVD filmography that she's been working in European cinema since as long ago as Richard Lester's 1976 "Robin and Marian". She was 40 when this film was made, so hardly a 'toygirl' for the fiftyish mother (although quite a catch, it must be said).

I guess Lola was changed from an Icelandic character to Spanish to draw in the European art-house audience but it's still a decision which works well as she personifies an outside force which arrives and turns Hlynar's world upside down.

The film feels very much like the novel adaptation it is - quite a lot of voice-over and exposition - but there are a number of deadpan cinematic jokes of the Kaurismaki variety, combined with sexual outrageousness in the Almodovar vein. Some of the humour only becomes apparent on repeated viewings; in all the fusion of styles works surprisingly well.

Overall, this probably won't change your life but it's a lot of fun.


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1 June 2000 (Iceland) See more »

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