When Hannes retires from his job as a janitor the void that is the rest of his life begins. He is estranged from his family, hardly has any friends and the relationship to his wife has faded. Through drastic events, Hannes realizes that he has to adjust his life in order to help someone he loves.
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A film which is hard to describe with words as words are insufficient if not superfluous. A masterpiece which elevates your feelings, makes you question your review of world and existence in such a simple way, avoiding any unnecessary didactic moral lessons. I wish I have seen "Eldfjall" before Haneke's "Amour".
That was quite a film. I couldn't watch it all at once; there were times at which it was more than I wanted. I've never been a big fan of Hollywood, but I hadn't realized how much my expectations of films have been influenced by Hollywood. This isn't a Hollywood movie, and it doesn't have a Hollywood ending. A visually arresting work from the opening (archival) scenes. Eldfjall is hardly seen, but always there.
Tender and rousing tale of a cold, stubborn and self-absorbed old man who is forced into some serious introspection following the sudden illness of his wife and primary carer. Similar to AMOUR in story, Volcano is set against the bleak Icelandic coast, shot in grainy 16mm and has a score by Kjartan Sveinsson of the Sigur Ros. Incredible effort for a feature debut. 4 stars