Impeccably designed film about two brothers at the end of their gene line forced to try and reconcile their differences before it's too late. Landscape plays large and heavy in this odd story that is only really a black comedy in the first half before descending into the darkness of the psyche of an Icelandic winter. 3 stars
An Icelandic deadpan comedy concerning two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years in spite of living side by side and sharing careers in sheep farming. When, due to disease, the sheep must be slaughtered one brother strives to let the breed survive and must turn to the other despite their differences. Amusing at times but the film offers no real surprises.
Rams (Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland) - 85/100
A sincere evocation of love, between estranged brothers and between man and beloved animal, Rams tells a sullen story of loss and desperation. When the film reaches its climax and the main characters are threatened, its otherwise awkward denouement is instead accepted as meaningful...
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After promising us an unique moral dilemma, 'Rams' unfortunately bows out early and fails to question the complications the actions of its lead raises - namely the present and future risks involved in keeping his sheep. A little too dry, predictable, for its curious and specific location and plot.
Did not exactly meet my expectations as I found the narrative to be structured in a rather boring way. Seems as if lately Icelandic cinematographers don't challenge themselves further than to toy around with main socio/cultural/geographical characteristics they have (nature,horses,sheep) so unfortunately by choosing this path they leave very little space to something novel that would leave much greater impressions.
Hate is the curious cousin of love. Two brothers tend their sheep herds in northern Iceland, not speaking in 40 years. A herd disease intrudes, and brings things to a boil. Simple meditation on the bonds of family, the passing of time, the vastness of a place.