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...
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Will the 30 y.o. Hlynur ever move out of his mother's apartment in Reykjavík? Social welfare keeps him passive but things change when his mother's Spanish friend, Lola, arrives and stays through Xmas and New Year's Eve.
Hilmir Snær Guðnason,
Hanna María Karlsdóttir
In less than twenty-four hours, a middle-aged academic and his nearly half his age fiancée will get married in Iceland's windswept island, Flatey, amid endless preparations and bitter second thoughts. Is this what they really want?
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 petty crime, only to find that danger can be found in unexpected places.
This was my first adventure into Icelandic films but hopefully, not my last. The storyline is not new. How many fathers have a stroppy son or daughter who mixes with the most unsavoury people? The film centres around how the doctor dad handles his daughter's involvement with a drug dealer who threatens him when he causes a new stash of drugs to fall into the hands of the police.
How the doctor punishes the drug dealer is bizarre to say the least. He doesn't want to kill him but just wants to hold him long enough to get him to promise to leave his daughter alone. In a country with a population of only 350,000 people surely the police have a handle on who the major drug operators are.
The plot fits into the cold and bleak Icelandic landscape quite well but it's not a film that will live long in the memory.
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