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Erik likes to have a drink once in a while. The day after a good party, sitting with his girlfriend having a chat, he meets people he doesn't remember. Has he arrived at a crossroads? Is Erik in deeper trouble than usual?
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Elma Lísa Gunnarsdóttir,
Leifur Sigurdarson, an unstoppable ladies man and alcoholic parliament member, is forced in rehab by his friend and boss, the Prime Minister of Iceland. But before he gets spanked in public, he invites his friends over for a gargantuan feast. During the party we get to know Leifur and the other characters in the movie as well as finding out about Leifur's, and his posse's, sordid past. Written by
Iceland boomed as the world entered the new millennium. There was money to be made, partying to be done and no one asked any questions as to what to do when the music stops.
XL is a metaphor of the country's boom time and then when it all came crashing down after the 2007 financial crash.
The film delivers a raw, uninhibited performance from Olafur Darri Olafsson. He plays Icelandic politician Leifur whom lives his life to the excess and is then told by the Prime Minister to go to rehabilitation for his lifestyle.
Liefur is obese, hooked on sex, drugs and booze. He sneers down on the common people, he has no time for his electorate, his life, politics and outlook is corrupt. Liefur's life is spiraling in an alcoholic haze.
The film is non linear to show the chaos of Liefur's life but it is Olafur's performance that makes this small, flawed Icelandic language film interesting.
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