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The Garden (2020)

Gullregn (original title)
Indiana lives in a council estate and makes her living preying on the welfare system. In her small private garden she tends to her award winning tree. When her only son turns up with a foreign girlfriend - Indiana's world is upended.

Director:

Ragnar Bragason

Writer:

Ragnar Bragason
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Credited cast:
Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir ... Indíana
Eyþór Gunnlaugsson Eyþór Gunnlaugsson ... Jónas
Karolina Gruszka ... Daniela
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir ... Jóhanna Einarsdóttir
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Achieng Grace Achieng ... Althea
Auðunn Blöndal Auðunn Blöndal ... Orri
Anna Claessen ... Rescue Team member
Audi Finn ... Ritari
Jón Gnarr ... Hjalti Pétur
Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson ... Þórður
Halldór Gylfason Halldór Gylfason ... Björn
Helga Kristín Helgadóttir ... Kona á bar
Birgitta Hreiðarsdóttir Birgitta Hreiðarsdóttir ... Kona í verslunarmiðstöð
Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir ... Gerður
Oddur Júlíusson Oddur Júlíusson ... Pálmi
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Indiana lives in a council estate and makes her living preying on the welfare system. In her small private garden she tends to her award winning tree. When her only son turns up with a foreign girlfriend - Indiana's world is upended.

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If you talk gently to a plant and just give it some warmth and love, it'll blossom

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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TV version: 3 episodes, approx. 45 minutes each See more »

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More interesting than average synopsis suggests. Surpassing racial and immigration issues, by portraying complex family relations and swindling social services as a bonus
26 April 2021 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Saw this during the Movies That Matter 2021 filmfestival, normally in The Hague but now 100% online. In the first hour I had the wrong impression that the migration/racial issues where the main ingredients of this movie, things we have seen in plenty of documentaries. Luckily, it becomes more complex and also more interesting when other sides of Indiana's life are revealed. She, for example, has swindled social services for many years already, which counters her disdain for migrants who work to earn their own salary, like her maybe-daughter-in-law does. This makes this movie surpassing the usual race/national supremacy theme, also making us curious while watching how these story lines can come together in the end.

I wanted to write much more about this movie, but it is easier for me to refer to an already existing review in MovieMovesMe(dot)com, under the title "TIFF 2020: The Garden", written by Ulkar Alakbarova. I fully agree with that review and cannot add anything useful.


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Country:

Iceland | Poland

Language:

Icelandic | Polish | English

Release Date:

10 January 2020 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Guldregn See more »

Filming Locations:

Reykjavik, Iceland

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,299
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| (entire series) (TV)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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