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.
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.
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..