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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"... 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.
This irresistibly warm film mainly takes place over a snowy Christmas week and follows the lifestyle of a man who has embraced slackerdom and turned it into something of an art form. This is an outstanding, zany black comedy with a great soundtrack; brilliantly played by the cast and directed with flair and imagination. The first Icelandic movie it has been my pleasure to watch certainly lived up to my expectations..
I watched 101 Reykjavik whilst staying in the less trendy '104' district of the city, and out of all the Icelandic films I've seen to date, It is almost definitely my favourite.
Is it concerning that I see a bit of myself in Hlynur?