A postal worker has some lunch in a chinese restaurant and falls in love with the waitress, who happens to be chinese. They start dating and quickly fall in and out of love, the waitress ... See full summary »
Róbert I. Douglas
The star player of Icelands top football team causes a stir when he admits to being gay to his team mates and then goes on a journey to discover himself (with the help of the local press). ... See full summary »
Róbert I. Douglas
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson,
Arnmundur Ernst Björnsson
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Old Thorgeir must leave his home far off in the Icelandic 'countryside' and move into a home for senior citizens in Reykjavik. There he meets an old friend from his childhood, Stella. ... See full summary »
The Chief of Construction Committee leaps to his death from a tall building. Yang Jiadong, a rookie cop begins investigating it. Forced out of his job and to the safety of Hong Kong, he endeavors to discover the truth.
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Two men in their late twenties, Jim and Frank, old friends from childhood, both emaciated and very grunge guys, meet again after many years. Jim, trying hard to get his life back on track, ... See full summary »
Debutant Robert Douglas has with his 'The Icelandic Dream' proven that an interesting plot is not needed for a film to be (positively) well remembered.
Robert Douglas' filmic language has developed through making several short films and his style is clearly distinct from many other contemporary debutans, who often - in my opinion - use an interesting plot together with a more conventional way of telling the story. Thus, sadly enough, making the story not as dazzling as it should be.
In 'The Icelandic Dream', telling techniques more commonly seen in documentaries are used, which is not only quite daring of a debutant but also very refreshing to experience outside the cinemathèques. And what a debutant! Directing and editing skills beating both Sundance film festival winners and film makers who've already made a couple of feature films!
But please note, the Douglas style should not be mixed with the Dogma style; the constant shakiness of Dogma is not present in 'The Icelandic Dream'. (A blessing some would say.)
I hope though, that Robert Douglas' next films will have more thrilling plots that match my personal - quite fastidious- taste. Thus matching his high directing and editing skills.
Now, if the plot interests you, this will have to be a make-you-feel-good-masterpiece in every way. Instead of the worn-out stories taken or inspired from the Icelandic Sagas, 'The Icelandic Dream' is one of the few films that, in a more extremely well-done way, show how contemporary Iceland is. And there sure is a lot more than cliché volcanos, Björk and the Sagas.
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