A homeless boy Lucas (Paul Dano), meets Jacques (Brian Cox), a grumpy bar-owner, whose unhealthy lifestyle has brought him five heart attacks. Jacques takes Lucas under his wing with the intention of having him continue his legacy. Everything is going according to plan until a drunken stewardess named April enters the bar. —tiff.net
He was born in Paris, France to Icelandic parents and returned to Iceland when he was 3 years old. Dagur graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999, with art house short movie Lost Weekend. The film got off to a good start and gained the first popularity winning 11 prizes on the international festival circuit.
The first feature film Noi the Albino (Nói albínói) he released in 2003 and also won several international awards. Then followed with his second film, Voksne mennesker (Dark Horse), which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2008, he finished his first English language film The Good Heart, starring Brian Cox, Paul Dano and Isild Le Besco. He is also a member of the band Slowblow, whose music featured in Nói albínói.
Dagur Kari's other movies were fantastic, I had my expectations really high for this one. It starts really good, with great acting by Dano and Cox, and a kind of "dark" aesthetics (almost medieval) that works great. But somewhere along the way the film turns out just to be nice, losing some of its starting potential.
Paul Dano like Buster Keaton, Brian Cox like a Beethoven sonata, and Estragon the goose, like a goosy character from a Beckett play. Dagur Kári, at his best. ('The Dark Horse' was too crazy and nonsensical, and even after all they shoot horses, don't they?, while 'Nói albínói' was depressing, cynical, too baldy and too much Kierkegaard). 'The Good Heart' is the real thing with a big heart in the right place.
Many things have been said about the French cinema and its films with no soundtrack. However, the new generation of directors adapted their styles. Dagur Kári isn’t an exception. Born in Paris, he… read review