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  • Actors: Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Victoria Abril, Hanna María Karlsdóttir, Þrúður Vilhjálmsdóttir, Baltasar Kormákur
  • Directors: Baltasar Kormákur
  • Writers: Baltasar Kormákur, Hallgrímur Helgason
  • Producers: Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Þórðarson, Magnús Viðar Sigurðsson, Markus Selin, Michael P. Aust
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, Icelandic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2003
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NCZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,560 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An offbeat comedy set against the backdrop of Iceland's capital city nightclub scene. Hlynur (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason), whose girlfriend Hofi is exasperated by his lack of ambition, spends his days asleep and his evenings cruising the Reykjavik club and bar scene. This is all changed over the Christmas holidays when he begins to spend most of his time with Lola (Victoria Abril), a Spanish flemenco teacher and lesbian, who Hlynur finally persuades to sleep with him on New Year's Eve. When his mother Berglind returns from her holidays she also begins a relationship with Lola and then announces that Lola is pregnant. Hlynur's life is now much more complicated when he realises that he is probably the father, the baby will be brought up as his sibling and he begins to experience all sorts of feelings including suicidal ones.

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Modern-day Iceland is terminally weird, if writer-director Baltasar Kormákur's debut film 101 Reykjavík is anything to go by. Our guide to this particular Icelandic saga is Hlynur, 28-year-old unemployed slacker and one-man Nordic-gloom factory; "I'll be dead after I die. I was dead before I was born. Life is just a break from death," he muses. After his gut-freezingly boring family Christmas dinner--whose highpoint is watching a video of last year's ditto--you can see his point. Distraction, and a welcome dose of Southern warmth, comes in the form of his mother's flamenco teacher Lola (the delicious Victoria Abril). Only after sleeping with her does he discover that she's not just Mum's teacher, but her lover as well.

A little like Pål Sletaune's 1997 Norwegian postie-comedy Junk Mail, 101 Reykjavík gets a lot of lugubrious fun from its protagonist's sheer social and emotional ineptitude--though to give Hlynur his due, most of his mates seem equally clueless, (the women, as so often in this kind of movie, come off rather better). We've been here before, of course--as a male with a severe case of delayed adolescence is gradually brought to engage with adulthood--but the offbeat humour and eccentric details of Kormákur's film keep it fresh and engaging. Whether--in view of remarks like "Reykjavík is like some backwater in Siberia, with glaciated diarrhoea,"--it will do much for the Icelandic tourist trade is another matter!

On the DVD: Filmographies for Kormákur, Abril, and lead male actor Hilmir Snaer Gudnason; subtitles and menu; and the theatrical trailer, which contains snatches of several scenes evidently cut from the final release. The sound is clean and immediate (score co-composed by Damon Albarn) and the widescreen print preserves the original 16:9 ratio. --Philip Kemp

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Aitken on 17 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
On one level this film has a somewhat "run of the mill" story line. It can be viewed as the story of a twenty-something male unable to grow up or form relationships. The kind of story we've all seen many times before. However, the beauty of the film lies in its eccentric characters and setting and the black comedy moments that are provided throughout (such as the main character's unsuccesful attempt to kill himself on the top of a mountain).

The main character Hlynur is unemployed, has a bad on/off relationship and has no idea what to do with his life other than surf for internet porn and get drunk - indeed he says at one point that its as if he is dead. Into his life, one Christmas, comes his mother's Spanish flamenco teacher (who, it later transpires, is also his mother's lesbian lover). All hell proceeds to break loose. Somehow, despite the depression of some of the situations they engineer themseleves into, one can't help but like Hlynur, and all of the characters in the film.

The film is a bit let down by its ending, which is a bit too "happy ever after" (Noi Albinoi is a similar film from Iceland but a great deal more "edgier"). It redeems itself with its the soundtrack which is really original. All in all this is a pleasant evening's viewing, and something different - I didn't really find it as depressing as some of the other reviewers seem to have found it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
I bought this movie on impulse a few years ago, after spending a cracking holiday in Iceland, and watch it at least once a year. It never fails to leave me with a big silly grin on my face!

Hilmir Snær Guðnason is superb as our anti-hero Hlynur who, at the age of 30, is still living with his single mum and making a career out of living off the social. As long as he gets enough krónur to keep him in beer, fags, porn videos and condoms, why on Earth would he want to find a job? A minor irritation enters this blissful existence, when a girl with whom he'd had a one-night stand announces she's pregnant with his child, but things get truly complicated when his mother's very good (and rather hot!) friend Lola comes to stay...

Well no more spoilers, but the story unfolds in a sumptuous blur of hedonism, tortuous relationships and laugh-out-loud hilarious black comedy.

Great soundtrack - much of which is variations on Ray Davies' classic 'Lola' and I even got to spot a few of the pubs I'd been to in Iceland's amazing capital! This is sure to boost the tourist trade.

Definitely not for the prudish (or indeed Tory voters who cannot possibly empathise with a work-shy scrounger!) but, if you're fairly broad-minded, you will love 101 (that's Reykjavik old town's post-code, in case you were wondering) Reykjavik!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ernie on 4 July 2010
Format: DVD
101 Reykjavik revolves around the life of 'Hlynur' a 30 year old unemployed slacker, who although a grown man still lives with his mother, spends his time drinking, smoking, surfing the net for porn and sleeping with all the women he can get his hands on. Everything in Hlynur's life is just the way he wants it... uncomplicated; and when a friend of his mother, a Spanish flamenco instructor named Lola, comes to stay with them, Hlynur's cosy little world is shattered forever.
Although labelled as a comedy the humour is typically Icelandic, very dark, dry, and full of pathos. And while the film revolves around Hlynur's life, it's also a cynical look at Reykjavik's hedonistic and liberal society.
Overall, while '101 Reykjavik' isn't the best Icelandic film out there, it's still a great film with an entertaining witty story and a definitely worth a look if you're a fan of indie films.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 May 2012
Format: DVD
Scandinavian countries do some great offbeat movies, quirky little indie films that entertain as well as give an insight as to how their inhabitants cope with (or not, as the case may go) with long freezing nights and quite often, not a lot to do.

101 Reykjavik is one such, from Iceland itself and Hilmir Snaer Gudnason plays Hlynur and his methods of coping include alcohol, nocturnal activities that involve 'research' in bars, tobacco, weed (when he can get it) sex (ditto) surfing for porn day and night - and er, living his mother, though he's 30.

Things Hilynur doesn't do - work, help his own cause in any way at all, nor wear a condom on the only two occasions that he's had a reason to. You can guess the outcome/s of these last two inactions.

Hilynur's divorced mother then suddenly decides that she's attracted to Lola, a Spanish flamenco dancer, who happened also to be the target for Hilynur's second sexual encounter - without the condom, if you recall.

This three-way habitation in a small flat has its implications and minor mishaps, after Lola moves in.

It's all quite squalid in an oddly appealing way and nobody is that nasty and no-one beats anyone up. It's certificate 18, mainly for strong nudity and sex but these scenes aren't that erotic, always being rather quirky, embarrassing or occurring in dingy corners.

There's some nice little narrative twists that give it a pleasing roundness, without being too neat and is a good, satisfying film. Quite memorable, too, as I saw it at least five years ago on TV and buying the DVD now was like reacquainting with an old, rather distant friend.

Ex Blur frontsman Damon Albarn had a part to do with this movie - co-composing (played?
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