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3.6
188 Ratings

Heartstone

Hjartasteinn

Iceland, 2016
Drama, LGBT+

Synopsis

Set in the beautiful but yet harsh nature of Iceland and portrays the journey of friendship and love between two young friends. As one tries to win the heart of a girl, the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend.

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Heartstone Directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Critics reviews

Less a structured story than a series of fleeting impressions, it is told not through dialogue or exposition, but through ephemeral, sensuous details — long hair whipped by gusts of wind, sunlight trapped in the peach fuzz of a cheek, droplets of sweat beading the nape of a neck, fingers beginning to prune in spring water. And that gives this remarkably assured debut… its immersive sense of immediacy.
June 07, 2017
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The type of debut film that is brimming with good intentions but ultimately doesn’t make a strong enough case for its existence. Trading in coming-of-age tropes and stock markers of identity, Heartstone at least has the courtesy to spread its youthful anxieties over a stunning Icelandic coastal landscape, allowing its children to skulk around on verdant rolling hills and take truth-or-dare plunges into crystalline lakes and streams.
September 10, 2016
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Richly atmospheric but inordinately long at 129 minutes, the film toggles its main characters’ arcs for a stretch, before giving preferential treatment to the less dramatically challenging of the two. Still, first-time feature director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson steers proceedings with enough serenity and sensitivity to soften stonier hearts in the arthouse market.
September 05, 2016
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