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Cold Light (2004)

Kaldaljós (original title)
What could be better than knowing your future? And what could be worse? A love-filled childhood abruptly ends when catastrophe descends. One that the child had foreseen yet failed to act upon.


Hilmar Oddsson


Vigdís Grímsdóttir (novel), Hilmar Oddsson (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingvar Sigurdsson ... Older Grímur (as Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson)
Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir ... Woman in reception
Ruth Olafsdottir Ruth Olafsdottir ... Linda
Steinunn Harðardóttir Steinunn Harðardóttir ... Svava
Borghildur Thors Borghildur Thors ... Woman in a window
Áslákur Ingvarsson Áslákur Ingvarsson ... Young Grímur
Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir ... Lára
Helga Braga Jónsdóttir Helga Braga Jónsdóttir ... Guðbjörg
Snæfríður Ingvarsdóttir ... Gottína
Kristbjörg Kjeld ... Álfrún
Thórey Sigthórsdóttir ... Thóra, Grimur's mother
Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir ... Anna
Marta Nordal Marta Nordal ... Woman at the exhibition
Elís Philip William Scobie Elís Philip William Scobie ... Young Tumi
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson ... Indriði


A 40-year-old is hiding in a self-made prison of mundane life. The film opens as he finally becomes resolved to dare gaze at and come to terms with someone's totally different life. His unthinkable past. He turbulently sheds the cobwebs to find that light and happiness have been awaiting him. And this potentially cold cinematic knock on life's door becomes a defiantly uplifting work of art. Written by IFC

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Do you sometimes feel that you know something will happen before it does? Something bad...




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A must see!
9 August 2005 | by r-hjalmarssonSee all my reviews

Of all the films I've seen at this year so far, Oddsson's poetic and compelling film (an adaptation he planned for 15 years) has impressed me the most--but that could largely be due to the fact that I encountered it with absolutely no expectations. It's possible that it has minor flaws (in the pacing of its third act, for example) but these are merely quibbles against a film that is unusually insightful regarding childhood imagination, and such themes as the role of art in emotional journeys and the ambiguous relationship between Man and Nature. It's based on an Icelandic novel that begins with a sensitive young boy who navigates life with his close-knit family in a fishing village by sketching abstract images merging the people he loves with portentous fears. Later, the boy grows up and finds himself emotionally crippled on account of a tragic past. However, instead of telling the story linearly, as the novel does, the film expertly juxtaposes the past and present throughout, drawing complex parallels between them and culminating with the dramatic climax of both eras simultaneously. Gorgeously shot on location with the Scandinavian light and warm interiors in counterpoint, the film is a thematically nuanced and emotionally powerful character study. Keep an eye out for it.

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Release Date:

1 January 2004 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Reykjavík, Iceland See more »


Box Office


EUR2,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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