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Of Horses and Men 2013

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Winner of the Best New Director award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Benedikt Erlingssonâs critically acclaimed debut feature OF HORSES AND MEN is a darkly comic country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Set in the stunning Icelandic countryside, love, death and sex become interlaced in this playful, affectionate yet unflinching portrait of a remote valley community as seen from the horsesâ perspective. Unique and highly entertaining, OF HORSES AND MEN was Icelandâs official submission for the 2014 Oscars and won in six categories at the 2014 Edda Awards (the Icelandic Film and Television Academy), including Director of the Year, Screenplay of the Year and Best Film.

Starring:
Halldora Geirhardsdottir, Charlotte BøVing
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 21 minutes
Starring Halldora Geirhardsdottir, Charlotte BøVing, Ingvar Eggert SigurðSson, Maria Ellingsen, SigríðUr MaríA EgilsdóTtir, Helgi BjöRnsson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, Steinn Armann Magnusson, Erlingur Gislason, Kristbjörg Kjeld
Director Benedikt Erlingsson
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio AXIOM FILMS
Rental release 22 September 2014
Main languages Icelandic
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 21 minutes
Starring Halldora Geirhardsdottir, Charlotte BøVing, Ingvar Eggert SigurðSson, Maria Ellingsen, SigríðUr MaríA EgilsdóTtir, Helgi BjöRnsson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, Steinn Armann Magnusson, Erlingur Gislason, Kristbjörg Kjeld
Director Benedikt Erlingsson
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio AXIOM FILMS
Rental release 22 September 2014
Main languages Icelandic
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

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Format: Blu-ray
What at first seems like a lot of horsing around makes way for some beautifully dark and poignant set pieces executed delicately with less emphasis on dialogue than you may expect. Starting off on a trot, the film eventually gallops as the 'chapters' cross paths and the stories start to make sense as a moving fresco and an excellent representation of the themes in the very title of the film - one of few films these days whose title is very literal, and therefore honest.

Found myself smirking and cringing at the same time at several moments in the film which is a delightful combination that works so well and is most representative of the Icelandic sense of humour. I loved the exploration of the beautifully windswept landscape, as well as the subtlety to subjects of outside interaction - both tourism and trading. Comically morbid at points - the funeral scenes, in which the ceremony is used as some kind of flirting ritual by some of the characters. Clever in its use of repetitive imagery - punctuated with shots of the reflection in a horses eye, used as an establishing shot and somewhat foreshadowing the scene about to unfold.

A very clever little film, with nothing much profound to say other than a love for a particularly abundant animal in Iceland, but a great exercise in both minimalism and awkward humour. An enticing ride and one I'm glad I took.
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A strange film, i liked it but my wife who was the prime mover in buying this film had reservations. She thought it would be more documentary than what we viewed. The horses in it were wonderful, but the men left much to be desired. And yes, i realise they were characters in a film narrative, but i think i would have preferred the company of the wonderful and beautiful horses to any of the men portrayed. But maybe the harsh and at times beautiful landscape and the difficulty of scraping a living in such a harsh environment molded them as harsh and brittle.
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A quite stunning film set amongst a horse breeding community in Iceland. Anyone expecting a romanticised and sanitised story about people and animals will be surprised, though. The film is episodic, with the relationship between the events and characters emerging only through the film, humour mixes with tragedy, and the squeamish have to wait for the end for reassurance that the film was made by horse lovers and no horses were harmed. That the actors and crew were all experienced in working with horses is very clear from the start, and, yes, they do speak Icelandic or in one case Swedish, though the subtitling is well done. A film by adults, for adults.
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A bracing and darkly comic, and decidedly offbeat movie from Iceland about the occupants of a valley and their ups and downs with their horses (not to mention each other). The focus upon the faces and eyes of the horses put me in mind of Vacas (1992) by Julio Medem and there's even a wandering Spaniard in the valley who in one grisly scene gets caught in a blizzard and must take desperate measures to survive.

Elsewhere we encounter a spirited young lass determined to bridle an unruly mare, a reckless rogue who rides his horse into the icy waters in pursuit of a Russian ship and its hooch, the hazards of cutting barbed wire and of course that bit in the trailer with the stallion covering the mare much to her owner's dismay.

One or two grim moments but generally this is a refreshing romp with an accordian and clikety-clack soundtrack which keeps things cantering along.
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An engrossing movie even for non-horse people and apparently an insight into a mysterious country. No plot in the conventional sense but as a slice of exotic life it's fascinating. However - some people have been getting exercised over subtitles in recent reviews so be warned - some parts of the film have none.
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A beautifully shot film of horses and Iceland (and people as well). The film premise is to tell rural stories in the rugged wilderness of Iceland's 'outback'. from the horse's perspective. Minimal dialogue - the landscape outline the stories. Not by any means a disneyfied' film but if you like your international cinema then you may love this - I did. PS Some scenes will be upsetting for children even thought the filmmakers claim no horses were harmed in the making of this film.
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No subtitles, but it didn't matter. There's very little dialogue & the images speak for themselves. A series of vignettes, some shocking, some amusing but always eccentric, unsentimental & in the end, quite endearing. Recommend it if you are looking for something original & unique.
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By Four Violets TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2016
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I think it might help if anyone watching this film was really into horses, as there are a lot more of them than humans. Icelandic horses are very special, very beautiful, intelligent, and closely bonded to their human owners. The film shows them in all their beauty and diversity, their unique gait, the tolt, and their incredible range of colours. The story starts with a single man riding a white mare, visiting a single lady with a black stallion. I''m not entirely sure why he took such savage retribution on his mare when the stallion did what comes naturally. Other stories involving horses of the friends of neighbours intertwine, all with a backdrop of the harsh and unforgiving Icelandic nature. I felt I was freezing just watching the Spanish speaking guy shivering in the night, and remembered our Icelandic guide telling us, if you go out to see the northern lights, wear everything you packed in your suitcase. I thought the film was beautiful, shocking, and at times it made me smile, but I can't agree with the reviews on the cover that say it's "histerically funny" and "hilarious." I don't know about others but my tv missed most of the subtitles, so I had lengthy dialogues with no subtitles then someone would say "hello" and suddenly I'd have a subtitle "hello." It could be my tv. I loved the music, especially the echo of the Jason Robards music from Once Upon a Time in the West, which always reminded me of a clopping horse anyway.
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