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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

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:

€2,200,000 (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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Well crafted, intimate childhood scenes
27 February 2005 | by carnasonSee all my reviews

As I was watching this film I realized once again how lucky we are to have other sources of film than Hollywood. The plot repeatedly comes to a stop, in order to allow the full development of a moment - a child listening to the sounds of a new born baby in the night, the long wait by fisherman families at a dock for the return of a capsized boat (along with the discovery of who perished) - the repeated view of the great mountain above the village, the perilous threat of the sea, the family breakfast and bedroom moments, ... the short telephone call to his love, announcing that he was joining his life to hers. So much interior development. Which is where it occurs, right? The film passes a key test of quality for me - one week after viewing I am still thinking and remembering it with interest and pleasure.

Caveat: I'm Icelandic myself (i.e., my Grandfather was) - but wouldn't have a problem panning a poor quality Icelandic film.

Calvin Arnason


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