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Metalhead (2013)

Málmhaus (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 March 2015 (USA)
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A girl is caught between the life that took her brother and her own inability to strike out on her own. In her grief, she finds solace in the dark music of Black Metal and dreams of becoming a rock star.

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Ragnar Bragason

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Ragnar Bragason
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Thora Bjorg Helga Thora Bjorg Helga ... Hera (as Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir)
Ingvar Sigurdsson ... Karl (as Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson)
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir ... Droplaug
Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson ... Janus
Hannes Óli Ágústsson ... Knútur
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ... Einar
Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir ... Anna
Magnús Ólafsson Magnús Ólafsson ... Erlingur
Óskar Logi Ágústsson Óskar Logi Ágústsson ... Baldur
Diljá Valsdóttir ... Hera (11 years old)
Mikael Kaaber ... Knútur (11 years old) (as Mikael Emil Kaarber)
Þórunn Arna Kristjánsdóttir ... Elsa
Urður Heimisdóttir Urður Heimisdóttir ... Elsa (11 years old)
Ole Erik Furu Ole Erik Furu ... Ingve
Hilmar Wollan III Hilmar Wollan III ... Oysten
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On an August midday, somewhere in the remote vastness of rural Iceland, the carefree eleven-year-old, Hera, is unaware that a tragic accident will soon rob her of her last share of happiness. As a result, Hera will rebel against God with an unquenched rage, permeated with the vivid memory of her brother that pulsates in every corner of the house--and under those circumstances, alienated and suicidal--Hera will soon drag herself into a dreary, dead-end life. Years later--still blaming God for the injustice, and fending off any attempts at reconciliation from the local priest--the troubled teenager will embrace her brother's lifestyle, delving deeper and deeper into the unexplored and fascinating new music movement of Black Metal, finally finding a new purpose in life. However--with Hera still aching for closure, while the wounds of the past are always angry and wide-open--will she grasp in time that wallowing in grief can eat her up alive? Written by Nick Riganas

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It's the things we run from that hurt us the most.

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Drama

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Hera: [singing at the fest] Flesh and Blood, to earth you shall return. Courage of a warrior, anything shall burn. The scorched earth, devouring our best. The scorched earth, always killing everything. My pain, it drains my soul. Plagued defeat. Black sands of Iden, as far as the eye can see. Lacerated all land, as far as the eye can see. There shall be no end...
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(~1:39:54) Lukka the Cow - Gríma, Dog 1983 - Perla, Dog 1992 - Perla See more »

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Me Against the World
Written by Lizzy Borden
Performed by Lizzy Borden
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Original Icelandic Drama
29 October 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Iceland, Karl (Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson), his wife Droplaug (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), his son Baldur (Óskar Logi Ágústsson) and his daughter Hera (Thora Bjorg Helga) form a simple family of farmers that works in their farm. When Baldur has an accident and dies, the family is deeply affected and the twelve year-old Hera becomes a rebel and fan of hard rock. Along the years, they grieve the loss of Baldur and the confused Hera composes songs of death rock and gets into successive troubles in their friendly community.

"Málmhaus", a.k.a. "Metalhead", is an original Icelandic drama, with the story of a troubled teenager that becomes a fan of hard rock. The screenplay is absolutely unique and never uses clichés. Hera is a messy character troubled by the loss of her beloved brother. She gets into the most unusual situations that are resolved by her parents, neighbors and members of their communities that understand the meaning of the loss of Karl to the family, especially to the young girl. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Mudando o Destino" ("Changing the Destiny")


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Country:

Iceland

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Icelandic | English | Norwegian

Release Date:

20 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Iceland

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Budget:

EUR3,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,439
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2.35 : 1
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