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The Sea (2002)

Cast: Gunnar Eyjólfsson, Gunnar Eyjólfsson, Hilmir Snær Gudnason, more...
Director: Baltasar Kormákur, Baltasar Kormákur
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Studio: Palm Pictures
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Independent, Scandinavia
Running Time: 109 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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A family reunion staged to welcome an exiled relation turns out to be a study in tension and unpleasant feelings in this family drama. Thórdur (Gunnar Eyjólfsson) is the aging owner of a fishing business that has seen better days. Working alongside Thórdur is his oldest son, Haraldur (Sigurdur Skúlason), who is convinced the business is doomed unless they upgrade and update their equipment. Haraldur also has to deal with his outspoken wife, Áslaug (Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir), who is convinced that both the business and their small Icelandic town are on their last legs. Meanwhile, Thórdur shares his home with Kristín (Kristbjorg Kjeld), who went from being his sister-in-law to his second wife; her daughter María (Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir); Thórdur's daughter, Ragnheidur (Gudrún Gísladóttir); her husband Morten (Sven Nordin); and Thórdur's often cranky mother, Kata (Herdís Thorvaldsdóttir). In the midst of all this family tension arrives Ágúst (Hilmir Snær Gudnason), Thórdur's youngest son, with his girlfriend Françoise (Hélène de Fougerolles) in tow. Ágúst has moved to Paris, where Thórdur has been helping his son pay for business school; however, Thórdur isn't aware that his son has quit school and wants to make a career for himself as a musician. Ágúst has also developed a bitter hatred of his former homeland, which hardly makes this family reunion any easier for the parties involved. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Hafid (aka The Sea) received its North American premier at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Part David Lynch, Part Dallas North (Way North) by squad October 19, 2004 - 6:53 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
To me this was in the category of twisted humor, plain and simple. The characters were for the most part decidedly odd ("Twin Peaks"-like). The story line was interesting from the standpoint of seeing Iceland culture up close. In as much as it dealt with an influential family it had elements of tv's "Dallas", with all the shenanigans. You get a real good look at Iceland and what it is like to live there. I think it helps to have a realistic view of human nature to be able to enjoy this un-glossed story, otherwise one might be turned off by its edginess. I liked the film very much because it was totally unusual and skillfully put together.

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