A man employed in a genetic research institute is looking through records which might be able to explain the origin of his little girl’s illness. A parallel storyline develops as detective Erlendur begins investigating the murder of an old man who led a bizarre existence in his murky basement flat.
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Very good script by director Kormakur adaptated from the novel "Myrin". A murder mystery as much about genetics and family secrets as it is about police procedure. Ingvar Eggert Sigurasson aces as the detective in charge of the case who seems to become more personally affected as he digs deeper. Very stylish in execution and interesting the way it captures the sparseness of the towns and infrastructure.
Impeccable photography of landscapes and interiors. The plot unfortunately creaks being unable to unravel the characters tangle. Too many causal relationships and coincidences even for a limited and interconnected community as the Icelandic one. Lack of suspense for a thriller which ventures itself into a mild social commentary and insists on sensory counterpoint food / decomposition without really expressing them
Moody crime thriller from Iceland is a stylish and satisfying detective story. A tight plot, strong performances, and a dense atmosphere with some bleak, chilly location photography make it a strong genre effort. As far as Scandinavian crime thrillers go, this one is far superior to that ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ series that’s getting so much attention right now.
A grisly, grim crime story in the recent tradition of Scandinavian mysteries. Certainly superior to the average product thanks to its atmospheric settings and disturbing philosophical implications. It seems to evoke the spirit of an entire culture and spans several decades of Icelandic history. In this film, the vast barren landscapes shot from the sky mirror the deep solitude and destitution of its characters.