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Jar City (2006)

Mýrin (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 20 October 2006 (Iceland)
A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.

Director:

Baltasar Kormákur

Writers:

Arnaldur Indriðason (novel), Baltasar Kormákur (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingvar Sigurdsson ... Erlendur (as Ingvar E. Sigurðsson)
Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir ... Eva Lind
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson ... Sigurður Óli
Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir ... Elínborg
Atli Rafn Sigurðsson Atli Rafn Sigurðsson ... Örn
Kristbjörg Kjeld ... Katrín
Þorsteinn Gunnarsson Þorsteinn Gunnarsson ... Holberg Jónsson
Theodór Júlíusson Theodór Júlíusson ... Elliði
Þórunn Magnea Magnúsdóttir Þórunn Magnea Magnúsdóttir ... Elín
Guðmunda Elíasdóttir Guðmunda Elíasdóttir ... Theodóra
Walter Grímsson Walter Grímsson ... Handrukkarar
Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson ... Handrukkarar
Magnús Ragnarsson Magnús Ragnarsson ... Lögfræðingur
Rafnhildur Rósa Atladóttir Rafnhildur Rósa Atladóttir ... Kola Örnsdóttir
Jón Sigurbjörnsson Jón Sigurbjörnsson ... Albert
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Storyline

Örn's daughter is dead because of a rare genetic disease. By this time Erlendur has to find Holdeberg's killer. He has to find out what happened 30 years ago and to connect it with his case and he has another problem...His relationships with his daughter. Written by SpartakM

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The take-away food Erlendur is eating is boiled sheep's head known as "Svið", an Icelandic delicacy. See more »


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Interesting crime tale
21 April 2008 | by cmdubbSee all my reviews

This is an Icelandic movie about a murder, the only clue to which is a picture of a headstone of a five year old girl that died 30 years ago. In parallel to that, there is also a story of a genetic researcher whose four year old daughter has just died. How do these stories tie together? That is what makes the movie so intriguing. The story structure is such that the lead detective, Erlunder (played compellingly by Ingvar E. Sigurðsson), must investigate a crime from 30 years ago in order to solve the murder he's got on his hands now. Surprisingly, this is done with a bare minimum of flashbacks (I counted two), neither of which are to the original girl's death. The director, Baltasar Kormákur, sets a dreary tone using a muted color palette and wide shots of bleak terrain surrounding the city. The stark architecture only adds to this feeling of despair. A side story of Erlendur's relationship with his drug addicted daughter adds depth to the overall story by fleshing out the point of view character. This is by no means an amazing film, but it is very good. The supporting characters don't stand out much, but rather seem to be foils for Erlendur to play off of. This was apparently based on one of a series of crime novels and I'd be very interested to see adaptations of the others if the story quality is as consistent as this one.


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Country:

Iceland | Germany | Denmark

Language:

Icelandic

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Jar City See more »

Filming Locations:

Hvalsnes, Reykjanes, Iceland See more »

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Budget:

ISK180,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$748,405
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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