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4.0 out of 5 stars Black ice comedy, 17 Aug 2006
This review is from: 101 Reykjavik [DVD] [2001] (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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