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Valhalla Rising

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
United Kingdom, Denmark, 2009


In 11th century Scandinavia, One Eye is an undefeatable barbarian who is caged up by a group of Vikings and Christians. A little boy, his only companion, gives him food every day. After escaping as part of a mutiny, they soon embark into an unknown journey through desolate and mystical landscapes.

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Valhalla Rising Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Valhalla Rising risks alienating both its potential audiences: art-housers may consider the very idea of a Viking odyssey just too corny, while anyone expecting action will be stymied by the mystic longueurs. But the film is bold and genuinely strange, a landscape epic with touches of Tarkovsky, Terrence Malick, Sergio Leone and late-Sixties “head” cinema in its dreamy abstraction.
May 02, 2010
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Many won’t have patience for it, but it will pick up devotees who’ll watch it over and over.
March 24, 2010
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Mikkelsen’s presence suggests a dispiriting answer, and Refn follows through with a pungent vision of what a godless place might look like.
July 22, 2010
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