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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

Writer:

Ragnar Bragason
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thora Bjorg Helga Thora Bjorg Helga ... Hera (as Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir)
Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson ... Karl
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 Diljá Valsdóttir ... Hera (11 years old)
Mikael Emil Kaarber Mikael Emil Kaarber ... Knútur (11 years old)
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. 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 deep into the unexplored and fascinating new music movement of Black Metal, finding a new purpose in life. In the end, with the wounds of the past still angry and wide-open, while aching for a closure, will Hera grasp in time that wallowing in grief will 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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Country:

Iceland

Language:

Icelandic | English | Norwegian

Release Date:

20 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metalhead See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland

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Budget:

€3,500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

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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Powerful melodrama
18 October 2013 | by svanssoneSee all my reviews

Metalhead (Málmhaus)is hard rocking. Superbly artistic and powerful. A strange but potent blend of Icelandic nature, divine acting and deep message. Melodramatic joy where death and hope are woven into a web under heavy tones of metal. The stage is a farm in Iceland where a teenage girl transforms into a heavy metal performer and songwriter, exercising in the cowshed with the cows as her audience but maybe not the biggest fans. Love and death is not far away and gives the film a classic undertone where basic themes of human nature are explored. The strong theme in the movie is the endless question about faith and religion when you are faced with the sudden death of your family or friends, the question where almighty god is when young people die. The film has many references to classic literature and the history of the movie. A film that you want to see again and again. I would not be surprised that this will develop into a classic cult movie. The director and actors deliver a fantastic tale.


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