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3.1
181 Ratings

Metalhead

Málmhaus

Directed by Ragnar Bragason
Iceland, 2013
Drama

Synopsis

Acclaimed Icelandic filmmaker Ragnar Bragason (Children, Parents) directs this darkly comic drama about a grief-stricken young woman who adopts the persona — and decibel-blasting predilections — of her deceased brother.

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Metalhead Directed by Ragnar Bragason
The metal milieu is unique and nicely drawn, but the film isn’t solely concerned with the subculture; themes of self-loathing and guilt foreground the action more than drum solos and guitar riffs, though writer-director Ragnar Bragason wisely utilizes the music’s dark tones and antireligious sentiment to contextualize his protagonist’s aggressive outbursts.
May 13, 2015
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Set in Iceland in the early 1990s, just as the darkest, most genuinely violent strain of metal was taking hold elsewhere in Scandinavia, the film deftly marries the essence of the music to a moving coming-of-age framework.
March 17, 2015
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Structurally, Metalhead is more mixtape than album. But individual scenes, of Hera blasting on her dead brother’s guitar in the barn, or of her battles of wills with the hip local priest and her repressed parents, are mounted with simple life-or-death conviction in the writing, performance and, auðvitað, soundtrack, and play like majestic, doomy riffs.
March 11, 2015
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