Hlynur, a 30-year-old unemployed slacker, lives with his mother and spends his time drinking and watching porn. Until one day his mother invites her flamenco teacher Lola to spend Christmas at their home, and Hlynur’s fantasy life comes alive…
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There is definitely something different in this cinema. And I will now dive into Kormákur's cinematography. I'm really interested in seeing how his cinema reflects (upon) the changes in Icelandic society, in the last 15 years. Crisis struck. The people of Iceland went to the streets and demanded justice. Polititians were arrested. FMI was not given free reign. They recovered. A lot changed since this pre-crisis film.
Harmless. Sweet. Lightweight. Constructed. I enjoyed the little window on the city it gave and the details of life in Iceland. I was reminded of a flat I once viewed in London, where the bath was revealed to be in the kitchen under the work surface. I didnt rent it after seeing that.
"... I’ll be dead after I die, and I was dead before I was born. Life is a break from death."
Not at all what I was expecting. The location saved it for me though. It reminded me to write a feature film set in 101 Reykjavik. Besides that, it can be summarised by a strange Hollywoodesque plot with characters too confused for their own good.
A true child of it's time. Touching very heavy topics with a vivid elegance just passing by while also showcasing the world at the end of the 20th century in it's hedonistic state. Refreshing but also not deep enough.