Karitas is a single mother of four who desperately tries to make ends meet. Fighting a losing battle with her ex-husband for custody over her three daughters, she's oblivious to what's ...
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Karitas is a single mother of four who desperately tries to make ends meet. Fighting a losing battle with her ex-husband for custody over her three daughters, she's oblivious to what's going on with her twelve year old son Gudmund, a victim of brutal bullying at school and whose life is on the fast track to destruction. Gudmund's only friend in the world is Marinó, a schizophrenic in his forties, who lives with his mother in the same apartment building. When Marinó realizes that his mother has secretly been dating a stranger, Marino starts to lose grip on reality. Gardar is an underworld enforcer who makes a mess at work and as a result his twin brother Georg is beaten up. Exiled both from the underworld and his family, Gardar has to make a fresh start in life. He decided to seek out his family, Gardar has to make a fresh start in life. He decided to seek out his son Gudmund whom he has never seen but the straight and narrow is a though path to followWritten by
Icelandic Film Centre
I must confess that I am not a great fan of Icelandic cinema, and even though I had heard some talk about this movie when it came out, I never went to see it in the theatres. Well, I finally saw it. And it absolutely blew me away. It is a film that is created with pure passion and talent to fully back it up. It's a family portrait, a photo album, an obituary and suicide note of such immense depth and richness that you're swept along with every sigh and breath on the screen. But the mastery lies in the fine line it traverses between despair and hope. The film avoids being oppressive though it depicts oppression, and it celebrates humanity and companionship even when it revels in the emotions of isolation. It's a movie that embraces you, holds you tight, and may even make you a slightly better person before letting go.
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