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The County (2019)

Héraðið (original title)
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A widowed farmer begins a new life on her own terms by fighting against corruption and injustice in her community.
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Credited cast:
Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir ... Inga
Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson ... Friðgeir
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Þorsteinn Bachmann
Ævar Þór Benediktsson ... Finnbogi
Þorsteinn Gunnar Bjarnason Þorsteinn Gunnar Bjarnason ... Bjössi
Daniel Hans Erlendsson ... Heiðar
Edda Björg Eyjólfsdóttir Edda Björg Eyjólfsdóttir ... Kolbrún
Hafdís Helga Helgadóttir ... Katla
Siggi Holm Siggi Holm ... Hinrik
Ingrid Jónsdóttir Ingrid Jónsdóttir
Steinn Ármann Magnússon Steinn Ármann Magnússon ... Kristján
Alfrun Rose ... Ása
Sigurður Sigurjónsson ... Eyjólfur
Rakel Ýr Stefánsdóttir Rakel Ýr Stefánsdóttir ... Afgreiðslustúlka
Hannes Óli Ágústsson ... Leifur
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A widowed farmer begins a new life on her own terms by fighting against corruption and injustice in her community.

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Bleak and anti-glamorous realism down on the farm with a few high points
3 August 2020 | by conannzSee all my reviews

I went into The County expecting it to be more of a comedy than it actually was. To be fair I expected bleak, dry and dark comedy because Iceland is like that. There is also some kind of similarity between New Zealand isolation stories and the Icelandic ones. It does feel like rural Iceland and rural NZ are quite similar and so I expected the tone to a bit dark.

Well that part was correct only a bit bleaker than I had expected. The earthy anti-glamor realism of thick jerseys and overalls plus dollops of cow muck and milk are a bit hard to watch without an involuntary wince or two.

I knew the lead character was a widow before I went to see the film and so was surprised to find the husband alive for the first part of the film. I think the editors could have missed that section and I was somewhat distracted to see the supposed corpse breathing in the body ID scene. The impression is that they are people of few words. When the lead character makes a pointed post on Facebook the group dynamic changes and the conflict from that drives the movie forward. It does feel a bit compressed though from a narrative perspective.

I know it is is a script but the villains of the film are cartoonish and very very stilted. By the end of the film there are some rays of hope although there are some realistic outcomes as well. Not as great at say "Woman at War" or "A White,White Day" but it has its charms.


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Iceland | Denmark | Germany | France

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Icelandic

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14 August 2019 (Iceland) See more »

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Mjölk: La Guerre du Lait See more »

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