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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
The subtitles don't work, so we gave up after the fifth attempt to view it!!!!!!! The work for a few minutes, then vanish!Published 6 months ago by Af1
Amazing story about a son and his mother and a visiter. Great and inventive story line and very funny. Have never quite seen a movie like this before. Highly recommendable!Published 6 months ago by Mathias Svensson
when the narrator speaks. Come on Amazon, sort it out please, I would like to watch this film after visiting Iceland.
I needn't say any more to this really. I couldn't believe how amateurish this whole thing was. Totally unengaging and naff.Published 12 months ago by E C McGhee
many years ago i spent several years teaching in a small community in the canadian arctic; i fell in love with the land, the snow, the ice and of course its people. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2013 by Edo Deweert
The book 101 Reykjavik is better, funnier than the movie also because the movie ends 'well', rather than - like the book - continues being a funny statement against the boredom of... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by Windmill2011
Enjoyed this film - don't know why I missed it when it first came out. Good to see a more realistic presentation of Iceland - rather than the hyped up version we all were fed in... Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2010 by Mrs. Valerie B. Astles
Reykjavik 101 is the story of twenty-something Hilmir, who still lives at home with his mother whilst enjoying, through lack of interest in anything more meaningful, a life of... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2008 by Dead Celeb