Thirty-year-old Hlynur still lives with his mother and spends his days drinking, watching porn and surfing the net while living off unemployment checks. A girl is interested in him, but he ... See full summary »
Hilmir Snær Guðnason,
Hanna María Karlsdóttir
Icelandic auteur Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband, 2 Guns, Everest) directs and stars in this psychological thriller about a father who tries to pull his daughter out of her world of drugs and... See full summary »
The official submission of Iceland to the Best Foreign Language Film for the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »
The events in the movie take place in 1984. When the main protagonist, the only survivor of the boat accident, undergoes a test in the Navy Hospital in London, one of the doctors introduces the other three participants of the test as members of the SBS, the Special Boat Services, a UK special forces unit. The name by which the doctor refers to the unit is incorrect. In 1984, this UK special forces unit in question was called the Special Boat Squadron. It was renamed to Special Boat Service (and not "Services") only three years later, in 1987. See more »
Based on a true story, this is a gripping tale of how an Icelandic sailor survives a sinking. The director really has a firm idea of the values and lifestyles of the sailors on this boat. The psychology of survival is demonstrated in imaginative ways, those choices that must be made in milliseconds and made correctly. The flash back scenes of what happened in the seaside town are done imaginatively. The choice of grayish tones and the weather beaten look of the boats adds to the gravity of the story as well as the impersonal and cold scientific team that handles the enquiry. We are reminded of the simple, but dangerous lives that many people have to live. They do so with dignity.
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