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".
No, you don´t know what it is like to take care of someone, it takes a lot of love to do it. Like Haneke´s "Amour", Volcano shows how tender love can be as life gets cruel. But unlike the Oscar winning feature, Volcano has a bravery in it, a real character development that takes us to a next level of understanding from this thing called caring.
Excellent! This film is moving, it's a story about getting old, about love, about human relationships. Acting is absolutely first class, kind or minimalistic I would say and "to the point", very realistic in my opinion, which fits to the whole film. Absolutely beautiful scenery! Definitely worth watching!
Runarsson really knows what he's doing. His decision making in this film is mainly spot on: exceptional framing & composition of shots. The acting compliments the superb directing- fantastic performances in challenging roles. An impressive balance of narrative-character development with enough ambiguity to allow the viewer freedom to perceive in a more open way. Excellent film.
Superficial and intellectually irrelevant. Hannes is a deeply paradoxical character poorly drafted. There is no explanation as to why the grumpy old janitor, after a major silent epiphany, is able to empathise & care again which makes the experience illogical & vacuous. Runarsson steps on even more controversial ground when disguising brutal euthanasia as an act of love without intellectually engaging with the issue.