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Heartstone (2016)

Hjartasteinn (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 28 December 2016 (Iceland)
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In a fishing village in Iceland, a boy develops feelings for his best friend as his best friend pursues his affections for a girl.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Baldur Einarsson Baldur Einarsson ... Þór
Blær Hinriksson Blær Hinriksson ... Kristján
Diljá Valsdóttir Diljá Valsdóttir ... Beta
Katla Njálsdóttir Katla Njálsdóttir ... Hanna
Jónína Þórdís Karlsdóttir Jónína Þórdís Karlsdóttir ... Rakel
Rán Ragnarsdóttir Rán Ragnarsdóttir ... Hafdís
Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir ... Hulda, Þór's Mother
Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson ... Sigurður, Kristján's Father
Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir ... Þórdís, Kristján's Mother
Søren Malling ... Sven
Gunnar Jónsson ... Ásgeir
Daniel Hans Erlendsson ... Haukur
Theodór Pálsson Theodór Pálsson ... Mangi
Sveinn Sigurbjörnsson Sveinn Sigurbjörnsson ... Guðjón
Árni Friðriksson Árni Friðriksson ... Beth's father
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A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it's time to leave the playground and face adulthood. Written by SF Studios

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Drama | Romance

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Borgarfjörður Eystri in Eastern Iceland had not been a filming location for any other productions earlier. See more »

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Í Bláum Skugga
Performed Stuðmenn
Written by Sigurður Bjóla Garðarsson & Valgeir Guðjónsson
Courtesy of Sena
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Heartstone
5 June 2018 | by Amahl63See all my reviews

I first saw this film at bfi Southbank as terrorists were attacking innocent pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and at the House of Commons. Both events left a lasting impression.

The harsh reality of our real world is reflected just as powerfully in the setting of a remote Icelandic coastal community. The power and beauty of mountain scenery and harsh climate is paralleled in the lives of the young protagonists as they work their way through the trials and tribulations of conflict, confusion and burgeoning sexuality. With few, if any, adult role models, there is minimal control over the freedom to play in vast spaces where inner tensions can be acted out. Personal secrets in such a small community are (as in each episode of 'Eastenders') impossible to keep. Others who learn of them are empowered by the knowledge. There is no escape.

The director fully understands every aspect of this community and succeeds in bringing out superb performances, especially from the young actors who play Thor and Christian.

The first half-hour can be a 'difficult watch' but stick with it. Once the music kicks in at around 40m the emotional intensity never ceases to build. I was fully captivated and eagerly await future work by this very talented director.


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Iceland | Denmark

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Icelandic

Release Date:

28 December 2016 (Iceland) See more »

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Dyrhóaey, Iceland See more »

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$361,878
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