Adaptée et plutôt élaguée d'un excellent roman d'Arnaldur Indradason, maître incontesté du polar insulaire, cette oeuvre froide et tranchante, comme l'air et le vent islandais, confirme la solidité et l'originalité d'un metteur en scène nordique peu connu encore, qui mérite une rapide et urgente découverte... www.cinefiches.com
A grisly, grim crime story in the recent tradition of Scandinavian mysteries. Certainly superior to the average product thanks to its atmospheric settings and disturbing philosophical implications. It seems to evoke the spirit of an entire culture and spans several decades of Icelandic history. In this film, the vast barren landscapes shot from the sky mirror the deep solitude and destitution of its characters.
Iceland is the perfect setting for this kind of whodunnit with the gloomy weather, the looming mountains and the vast vast landscape. The plot is well thought out and the main characters are developed well.The central theme of the movie that children suffer the sins of their parents is brought out well . However, it did became a tad predictable by the end . it.
Impeccable photography of landscapes and interiors. The plot unfortunately creaks being unable to unravel the characters tangle. Too many causal relationships and coincidences even for a limited and interconnected community as the Icelandic one. Lack of suspense for a thriller which ventures itself into a mild social commentary and insists on sensory counterpoint food / decomposition without really expressing them
Very good script by director Kormakur adaptated from the novel "Myrin". A murder mystery as much about genetics and family secrets as it is about police procedure. Ingvar Eggert Sigurasson aces as the detective in charge of the case who seems to become more personally affected as he digs deeper. Very stylish in execution and interesting the way it captures the sparseness of the towns and infrastructure.
Fine production of Arnaldur Indriðason's policier set in the dark underside of Iceland that you don't see in the tourist brochures. Excellent script, written by director Baltasar Kormákur, trims nonessential characters and action without losing the story. Great casting. Unfortunately the casting director is not credited.
Moody crime thriller from Iceland is a stylish and satisfying detective story. A tight plot, strong performances, and a dense atmosphere with some bleak, chilly location photography make it a strong genre effort. As far as Scandinavian crime thrillers go, this one is far superior to that ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ series that’s getting so much attention right now.