A desperate man employed in a genetic research institute is looking through records which might be able to explain the origin of his little girl’s brain illness. A parallel storyline develops as detective Erlendur begins investigating the murder of an old man who led a bizarre existence in his murky basement flat. This at first seemingly ordinary case becomes more complex with the mystery surrounding the death of a four-year-old girl thirty years before. Loner Erlendur, trying among other things to sort out his thorny relationship with his drug-addict daughter, is determined to find the murderer no matter what. This Icelandic thriller, which addresses issues related to the abuse of genetic information, is persuasive, above all, for the deftly spun dark and mysterious atmosphere which pervades both gradually interlacing lines of the story. The main role in this film adaptation of the detective novel by Arnaldur Indriðason (published in the CR in 2004) was played by the excellent Ingvar E. Sigurðsson (Angels of the Universe, Falcons and Cold Light). Karlovy Vary
Baltasar Kormákur (born 27 February 1966) is an Icelandic actor, theater and film director, and film producer. He is best known for directing the films 101 Reykjavík, Hafið, A Little Trip to Heaven (starring Julia Stiles and Forest Whitaker), and a film based on the book Mýrin (Jar City) by Arnaldur Indriðason.
With his movie Mýrin he won the Crystal Globe award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2007. –Wikipedia
Fine production of Arnaldur Indriðason's policier set in the dark underside of Iceland that you don't see in the tourist brochures. Excellent script, written by director Baltasar Kormákur, trims nonessential characters and action without losing the story. Great casting. Unfortunately the casting director is not credited.
Very good script by director Kormakur adaptated from the novel "Myrin". A murder mystery as much about genetics and family secrets as it is about police procedure. Ingvar Eggert Sigurasson aces as the detective in charge of the case who seems to become more personally affected as he digs deeper. Very stylish in execution and interesting the way it captures the sparseness of the towns and infrastructure.