FNC '15 Runarsson follows up the fine 'Volcano' with this interesting take on the 'coming of age' film novel for its setting in northwest Iceland. A teen is dumped by his mother in a nowhere rural setting to deal with his alcoholic father, a lack of friends and the extreme frustration of having no control over this relocation. Young Fjalarsson captures that angst/frustration very well in this strongly scripted work.
2.5. Banal and boring first part. And too bad i've already saw his shorts (namely 2 Birds), so no surprise for the big scene, worse it was "noooo, he wouldn't dare to do the exact same thing!!" for me :/
That brutal party sequence felt like it was from a different movie altogether and almost lost me, but it was tightly saved at the last minute. A pretty amazing way to incorporate cruelty into the formation of the character (and therefore avoiding being gratuitous).
Having previously seen Rúnarsson’s harrowing Eldfjall, I know he’s not afraid to shy away from anything, and the same is true about Þrestir. But where Eldfjall focussed on life during the twilight years, Þrestir is coming-of-age in focus.
Þrestir can be uncompromising and difficult to watch in parts, but even in unbearable moments there is a seam of something like hope running through, so not all doom and gloom.