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Heima [DVD]  (2-Disc Set) 
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Concert footage of Iceland's hottest band. In 2006, having toured the world over in support of their 'Takk...' album, Sigur Ros returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts in Iceland. 'Heima' is a unique record of that tour filmed in over 13 locations across the island, taking in the biggest and smallest shows of the band's career.
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It follows the band in performance at seven concerts in Iceland in Summer 2006, and presents a non-linear, thematically-linked selection of their music. Each song is adjoined by minimal commentary from the band themselves : making clear that the band as individuals are frankly miniscule in interest compared to their ethereal, alien music. In many ways, "Heima" is a concert film in the same way that "Pink Floyd in Pompeii" is : it is a document of a group performing unusual music far removed from the usual enormodrome, crowd-pleasing way. No sign of Hamish Hamilton or Blue Leach here, and it can be more accurately described as a musical film.
In many ways, "Heima" looks as if it were funded by the Icelandic Tourist Board. Vast swathes of the live performance are in fact documented, not by prosaic shots of the band performing in an Icelandic arena, but by beautiful, engrossing, timelapse photography of nature, of open roads, dockyards, seafront, playing children, drying clothes, and the faces of the concert goers themselves. The focus is, as always, far from the band and the cult of personality itself. In this context, the music becomes a soundtrack to an internal meditation, a reflection upon the nature of the life we live, evoking the kind of self-examination that very few other artists ever achieve. In one segment, the band perform at a deserted school classroom, in another, at a local town hall dinner dance.Read more ›
Somehow Sigur Ros make more sense now in context.
Disc 2 is an elongated but no less intriguing affair which is taken up with all the music from disc 1 but includes delightful shots of the band visiting a museum, a chapel and village hall functions.
The viewer could be forgiven for mistaking 'Heima' as a film/documentary about Iceland with Sigur Ros providing the soundrack.Footage of the bleak and beautiful Icelandic landscape with camera shots of drying clothes,children playing on beaches and dogs wandering inbetween speakers,wires and instruments while Sigur Ros perform songs in the open-air is an unusual breath of fresh air.This music,intense and beautiful set to the stunning scenery of caves,fjords,snow-capped mountains,icy rivers and remote disused buildings provides such a refreshing change to the sometimes transparent 'Western Pop' culture as we know it.Read more ›
Also, if you're interested in photography, or Iceland, it's worth paying the few extra pounds for the photo book. It's a beautiful compliment to the film.
Having seen Sigur Ros play Birmingham in the same year the film was made and witnessed the extremes in their music; from achingly touching string arrangements to thrash guitar rock outs, watching this film clearly identified one of the sources for the almost bi-polar extremes of their work: the Icelandic landscape.
Heima is a rare thing of beauty made by a wonderful, self effacing group of musicians, their friends and families. Truly magnificent and worth every penny.
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Beautiful, stunning, moving and magical. Makes me want to leave the rat race, move to Iceland and found a religion devoted to Sigur Rós.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
oh yes, a tear to the eye, a poem in the heart, let's play it on loopPublished 13 months ago by Miss V C Nottingham
Excellent DVD with great music and scenery+ Just back from a visit to Iceland so specially appreciated!Published 17 months ago by grangelina
Amazingly creative, beautiful and extremely moving. I love the innocence and remarkable feeling of joy you get from this masterpiece. Read morePublished 18 months ago by David R. Linke