At the beginning of the film Hannes is experiencing the pain of his last day at work, aged 67 and after 37 years as a school caretaker and before that as a fisherman living in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. The 1973 volcanic eruption of Eldfell forced him to move the family to the mainland. Retirement does not come easy and it's clear that for some time Hannes has become estranged from his wife and family. On a topical note, his daughter Telma has just been promoted as a loans manager in a bank - to the disgust of her father. His son Ari is divorced, but usually has his small son in tow. Most long-suffering is Anna, the matriarch of the family. Who's really loved by her husband, but when her children are around she has to suffer his intolerance and volatile moods. After nearly sinking in his old fishing boat, Hannes begins to soften and he and Anna have a rapprochement - which is almost immediately halted by tragedy when Anna has a very severe stroke.What follows is a deeply moving ...Written by
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Eruption of emotions
Some people go through life completely unaware of their behavior towards the ones they love. When such behavior tends to be kind, they are lucky; otherwise, life would need to shake them to their core in order to wake them up to reality.
"Volcano" is a powerful movie about that possibility that surrounds us every minute of every second: the incomparable subtleness of life and its, sometimes, incomprehensible way of turning things around. The story is quite simple, but the acting is absolutely stupendous. It has a very slow development, which is not so unusual on these types of movies. However, the lack of background music, which helps me connect with the character's tribulations left me hanging. Obviously this is a very personal view, so maybe you should check this one for yourself. Good movie, though.
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