6.9/10
8,865
53 user 64 critic

101 Reykjavík (2000)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Romance | 1 June 2000 (Iceland)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Baltasar Kormákur

On Disc

at Amazon

9 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Hafið (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A rich father in a fisher village plans to take on the project of writing his life story. But first he has to take on his own family, and everybody wants something...

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Gunnar Eyjólfsson, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Hélène de Fougerolles
Jar City (2006)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
Brúðguminn (2008)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jon, a middle-aged professor is going to get married tomorrow, for the second time, to one of his ex-students half his age. But it's not all roses. First, there's his cranky ... See full summary »

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Laufey Elíasdóttir
Djúpið (2012)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Based on actual events, a fisherman tries to survive in the freezing ocean after his boat capsizes off the south coast of Iceland.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Stefán Hallur Stefánsson, Joi Johannsson
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
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
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Georg tries to get his life back on track after a five year stint in jail.

Director: Ragnar Bragason
Stars: Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Hilmir Jensson, Jökull Steinarsson
Nói albinói (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, ... See full summary »

Director: Dagur Kári
Stars: Tómas Lemarquis, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Elín Hansdóttir
Djöflaeyjan (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of families living in barracks, left by the US Army in Reykjavik at the conclusion of World War II.

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Stars: Baltasar Kormákur, Gísli Halldórsson, Sigurveig Jónsdóttir
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A husband and wife tangle with an investigator over her dead brother's million-dollar insurance policy.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Kharl Anton Leigh, Peter Coyote, Forest Whitaker
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Financial concerns tempt a security guard to return to his smuggling ways.

Director: Óskar Jónasson
Stars: Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An athletic elf inspires indolent kids to take on healthier lifestyles and compete in a sports competition.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Selma Björnsdóttir, Sveinn Geirsson, Ólafur Guðmundsson
Edit

Cast

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 Gunnar Eyjólfsson ... Nágranni
Jónína Ólafsdóttir Jónína Ólafsdóttir ... Kona á Tryggingarm
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Iceland | Denmark | France | Norway | Germany

Language:

Icelandic | English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 June 2000 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

101 Reykjavik See more »

Filming Locations:

Reykjavík, Iceland See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$39,841 (Iceland), 2 June 2000

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,547, 29 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,182, 29 July 2001
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Directorial debut of Baltasar Kormákur. See more »

Quotes

Hlynur: The worst thing about AIDS as a method of suicide is that it takes so long to die from it.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kourastika na skotono tous agapitikous sou (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Nótt
Performed by Sigurður Markan
Written by Magnús Gíslason and Árni Thorsteinsson
Courtesy of Skífan
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hot stuff from Iceland
21 September 2000 | by analog-3See all my reviews

At first I thought this would be yet another melancholic Scandinavian psycho-drama involving a boy and his coming out lesbian mum. The plot is indeed somewhat along these lines, but there's nothing melancholic let alone Scandinavian about this funny funny movie.

However this is not exactly a comedy either although it turns out to be comical enough. Rather it's a slice of life seen through the glasses of an almost 30 years old drone, brilliantly played by Hilmir Snaer Gudnason, living off benefits and his far too indulgent mother.

Hlynur the anti-hero sleeps til noon, loafs around at home all day and drinks all night. Although he manages to sleep with members of the opposite sex, he can't bear to wake up to them. In other words he's a modern Peter Pan refusing to grow up -- if you can imagine Peter Pan as an apathetic chain-smoking sloth in a parka. And he seems fairly content with his simple non-life until Victoria Abril waltzes in .

The scene where Hlynur's mum confesses her new found sexual direction is nothing short of wonderful. It has an unerring ring of truth to it: a family drama played out over a quiet cuppa in the kitchen and it manages to be moving and hilarious at the same time. In that very scene Gudnason also shows off his exquisite acting skills: with great restraint and uttering PC platitudes he betrays the emotional battle raging within. Pathetic yet sympathetic.

Hlynur is played with just the right blend of indifference, impotence (although not sexual) and self-pity needed for the part and, though fairly unsympathetic to begin with, he grows on you as he reveals himself as a lost little boy. That much of his depressive nerd personality is more or less kept throughout the whole process is yet another proof of the quality of the acting and writing in 101 Reykjavik.

All the main actors central to the plot give stellar performances and many of the marginals too. The music is interesting, scored by our very own Damon Albarn (of Blur) and Einar the Sugarcube (Bjork's Svengali). I especially liked the ambient-reggae version of the old Kinks standard Lola.

Some of the dialogue is in Icelandic which is fine as long as it is subtitled. Much of it is however in English delivered in a bizarre -- but fortunately intelligible -- cocktail of Icelandic and Spanish accents.

There are few drawbacks to this flick, the main one being the obligatory landscape scene of some glacier or lava... I forget. But that's like criticizing a three star restaurant for a spelling error in the menu. -- The superb Reykjavik nightlife scenes are however not to be missed and could well serve as advertisements for Icelandair.

One nice oddity is the nowadays little used narrator voice-over. Well, actually Hlynur serves more as a commentator to the respective fixes he finds himself in, deadpan, mordant and hilarious, but rarely explaining much which the viewer hasn't already divined far better than Hlynur himself ever will. I suspect that these comments are original quotes from the novel on which the film is based.

Played out with extremely dry, self-depreciating, almost Jewish humor, the movie draws to an end as a fairly touching story of familial love disguised as an adult coming-of-age movie, wrapped inside a black comedy. And as often enough happens in real life this Gordian knot of personal problems more or less unravels itself. In a movie however such a solution may seem cheap, but this one gets away with it as the characters just carry on with their lives after redefining the nuclear family.

This is the directing debut by actor/director Baltasar Kormakur, who also wrote the script. Actors do often not make the best directors, but Kormakur proves to be an exception to that rule. The characters are well developed as one could expect, but they are not allowed to get in the way of the storytelling, which relies more on visual details and physical acting than endless dialogue and over-dramatization. This is doubly impressing considering the literary origin of the movie.

And maybe this is a clue to why this film works so well: it is uniquely Icelandic (or should I say Mid-Atlantic), drawing on European and American filmmaking traditions, thus enjoying the best of both worlds: old and new. I know it will work in Britain and Europe and the Americans seem to like it as well judging by the rave review 101 Reykjavik got in Variety and the success at the influential Toronto film festival.


34 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 53 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

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