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The Sea (2002)

Hafið (original title)
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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...

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Baltasar Kormákur
10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunnar Eyjólfsson ... Þórður
Hilmir Snær Guðnason ... Ágúst
Hélène de Fougerolles ... Françoise
Kristbjörg Kjeld ... Kristín
Sven Nordin Sven Nordin ... Morten
Guðrún Gísladóttir ... Ragnheiður (as Guðrún S. Gísladóttir)
Sigurður Skúlason Sigurður Skúlason ... Haraldur
Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir ... Áslaug
Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir ... María
Herdís Þorvaldsdóttir Herdís Þorvaldsdóttir ... Kata
Þórir Gunnar Jónsson Þórir Gunnar Jónsson ... Teenager
Theodór Júlíusson Theodór Júlíusson ... Bóbó
Hjalti Rögnvaldsson Hjalti Rögnvaldsson ... Bensó
Ellert Ingimundarson Ellert Ingimundarson ... Hannes
Magnús Ragnarsson Magnús Ragnarsson ... Agent
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Wealthy, aging patriarch Thordur assembles his scattered heirs to discuss the future of the family fishery. But bringing everyone together unleashes a storm of long-repressed sexual abuse, lingering suspicions, sibling rivalries and incestuous passions. Ultimately, it's a heartless battle between the past and the future that culminates in a night of explosive rage. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The truth lies beneath the surface

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Comedy | Drama

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Despite the fact that Herdís Þorvaldsdóttir is only 3 years older than Gunnar Eyjólfsson, she plays his mother in the movie. See more »

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Kata: Anyone who doesn't eat whale, doesn't deserve to live.
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Icelandic Celebration not quite Sea-Worthy
2 July 2003 | by Au-CinemaSee all my reviews

Despite being set against the paralyzing beauty of the Icelandic

coast, "The Sea" is nothing more than standard family reunion

drama. We've all seen this movie before whether in high form

"Celebration" or the more banal "Home for the Holidays." Although

"The Sea" shoots for the high form, it fails to surpass the banal. In

Baltasar Kormakur's sophomore feature (he also directed the

critically acclaimed 101 Reykjavik), he explores the explosive

relationship between parents and children. The plot revolves

around an aging owner of a small-town fishing business, more

specifically, his narrow vision of the future and the forces of

progress and time that stand in his way. While Kormakur's

themes are explicit and the tension apparent, the transitions

between moods and the dramatic arc are confused and sloppy.



The film begins by introducing us to the perils facing the mom and

pop store equivalent of the fishing industry: technologically inferior,

inefficient and out-performed by the corporate competition. In the

face of outstanding loses and potential bankruptcy, the stubborn

aging owner who built the enterprise and consequently the town

that has grown from its existence refuses to sell out. Instead, the

weak man calls upon his children in hopes that they will be

inspired by a duty to family and home, resurrect the dying industry

and restore the business to the father's imagined version of its

glory days. The children, who have long abandoned any sentimental connection with home land, have different ideas. The

reunion and father's request only reminds them of the years of

suffering and mistreatment they endured while under his roof and

the repressed anger they harbored after all of these years.



The film undergoes a major transition as it shifts between the first

and second acts. The first is designed as some light introduction

to the backward ways of the Icelandic rural society and the

incompatibility between the coca-cola city kids and the coarse

nature of the unruly outback. However, as the film shifts from perils

of the practice to perils of the past, and as the comic relief is

substituted with explosions of anger, the emotional outbursts and

the venomous shouting matches seem ill-explained. The cause

lacks the force to bring about the ensuing eruptions, which in the

end seem almost farcical on account of their extreme nature.

Nevertheless in light of several outstanding shortcomings,

Baltasar does shoot some very beautiful scenes and framed a set

on par with poetry. Unfortunately, there was no bite to the

provocative premise.

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Country:

Iceland | France | Norway

Language:

Icelandic | Norwegian | English

Release Date:

13 September 2002 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,191, 18 May 2003

Gross USA:

$75,994

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$176,401
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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