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A White, White Day (2019)

Hvítur, hvítur dagur (original title)

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Releases May 29, 2020
An off duty police begins to suspect a local man for having had an affair with his recently dead wife. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones.

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Hlynur Palmason

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Hlynur Palmason
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Ingvar Sigurdsson ... Ingimundur (as Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson)
Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir ... Salka
Hilmir Snær Guðnason ... Olgeir
Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir ... Ingimundur's wife
Björn Ingi Hilmarsson Björn Ingi Hilmarsson ... Trausti
Elma Stefania Agustsdottir ... Elín
Haraldur Stefansson ... Stefán
Laufey Elíasdóttir ... Ingibjörg
Sigurður Sigurjónsson ... Bjössi
Arnmundur Ernst Björnsson ... Hrafn
Þór Tulinius ... Georg (as Þór Hrafnsson Tulinius)
Sverrir Þór Sverrisson Sverrir Þór Sverrisson ... Sveppi
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In a remote Icelandic town, an off duty police chief begins to suspect a local man for having had an affair with his wife, who recently died in a car accident. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. A story of grief, revenge and unconditional love. Written by Join Motion Pictures

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Selected to represent Iceland at the 2020 Academy Awards. (Best Foreign Film). See more »

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A reconciliation of purity and humanity through memory and grief
11 November 2019 | by DjMethodSee all my reviews

"For some reason, she was always enough for me."

Hvíter Hvíter Dager, Iceland's Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film this year, is a quiet, mature look at grief and memory. It is about a man who carries within him a love so pure, he struggles to understand anything else. It is about refusing to let go of the version of someone you want to hold onto forever.

The narrative slowly unravels like a novel as themes are explored through nuance and metaphor. The delicate dealing with love lost recalls Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine and Céline Sciamma's Portrait de La Jeune Fille en Feu, regarding the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The cinematography, shot in a noticeably textured 35mm, is peculiar in the way it involves the setting and keeps us a certain physical distance from the characters. I think Michael Haneke would be proud of this film.

The central character Ingimunder's relationship with his granddaughter Salka serves the film in predictable but endearing ways. Strong child acting is often taken for granted, but Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir's performance is far from typical. It is also a testament to both fine direction (Hlynur Palmason) and strong casting because the two leads are almost irreplaceable and truly contribute to make the film something special.

A White, White Day is enriched by its simplicity and singularity as it takes on heavy themes. The characters are real, the story is thoughtfully restrained, and the ending is remarkable. One of the more memorable films of the year.


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29 May 2020 (USA) See more »

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