On a cold night a few miles off the coast of Iceland in March 1984, a fishing boat sank with all of its men. Miraculously surviving after five hours in the ocean, the exhausted young hulk washes ashore — only to find himself on a deadly lava field.
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Behind the facts of the miraculous true story of survival in extreme conditions and the extraordinary strength summoned by the unfortunate Gulli, this film is primarily a meditation on life and the will to live. That being said, it rarely crossed into an unfamiliar territory. It would have been nice if the thoughts racing in Gulli's head came out a little more, post-trauma. But in the end, it was gorgeous and sweet.
A remarkable tale of survival shot largely in the open sea. While the visuals are impressive I found the story not that engaging until the final turn when it becomes the tale of a man asking the hard question 'Why Me?'. His follow-ups with the rest of the tight-knit community were handled with beautiful restraint. Similar 'sense-of-place' is also explored in the recent Eldfjall. 3 stars
Plain naturalism. A realistic succesion of events only offering the question "Why?". Why can someone survive beeing that long in water? Is he a seal? Was it god? A little preying question, but it's also a cheap question.