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The Sea (2002)

Hafið (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 13 September 2002 (Iceland)
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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
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunnar Eyjólfsson 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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Storyline

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Offical Site [Iceland]

Country:

Iceland | France | Norway

Language:

Icelandic | Norwegian | English

Release Date:

13 September 2002 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,191, 18 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$61,122, 13 July 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Kata: Anyone who doesn't eat whale, doesn't deserve to live.
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Excellent acting and photography enliven standard dysfunctional family drama.
1 September 2005 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

There is not one performance in this film that isn't well done and captivating. The unusual rustic settings and photography are constantly engrossing. The direction is excellent and the editing keeps the film moving at a good pace.

So what's wrong? I've seen it before. The dysfunctional Scandinavian family film is a genre unto itself. You get kung fu films from China, you get Bollywood musicals from India and you get dysfunctional family films from Scandinavia.The problems in this film are unique but the whole story arc that leads to a climatic blow-up is typical of the genre.

That all said, I enjoyed the film and recommend it with the warning that you might have seen it all before.


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