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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.

Director:

Hilmar Oddsson

Writers:

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 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
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Storyline

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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Country:

Iceland | Norway | UK | Germany

Language:

Icelandic | English | German

Release Date:

1 January 2004 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Light See more »

Filming Locations:

Reykjavík, Iceland See more »

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Budget:

EUR2,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was Edda Heidrún Backman's last film before retiring as an actress do to her illness. See more »

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Its not an action flick; so don't rate it as such
2 December 2007 | by erspamSee all my reviews

Old Icelandic believes and superstitions are not, as a previous reviewer has alleged, the main plot or part of the story told in this film. They are rather used as a medium of telling a tale of an old tragedy mixed with a present day love story, a story of a tragedy survivor conquering his past. Truly premonitions are not an uncommon superstition in Iceland but unfortunately neither are tragedies such as the one that befalls.

Its a dark and gloomy film with a well fitting soundtrack; all to add on to the viewers experience of the plot lines happenings. Sure it may seem a little slow in todays day and age, it is nothing like Die Hard 4,5 or 6 except for the out of character and completely unrelated to Icelandic superstition; the flying Witch.


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