"101 Reykjavik" provides an interesting insight into life in modern day Iceland, as seen through the eyes of a 28 year old unemployed slacker,Hlynur, who lives with his divorced lesbian mother and her Flamenco teaching lover Lola (whom he also beds during the film). His is a world of quiet resignation and purposelessness; his days are spent climbing mountains ,surfing the net or lying flat out smoking cigarettes,waiting for the weekend to arrive ,with its drunken partying and casual sex. "101 Reykjavik" isn't a great advert for Iceland and I am sure it's Tourist Board must have mixed feelings about it. The island is portrayed as bleak, cold and desolate and it's inhabitants as a motley collection of hedonistic, eccentric and decadent oddballs. Although Iceland is geographically isolated , the film confirms that the lifestyles and values of its inhabitants are similar to those of large cities in Western Europe. The breakdown of traditional family structures and the triumph of moral relativism has taken place there too. "101 Reykjavik" is an enjoyable enough film; the acting and characterisation are good and there is a rich vein of black humour running through it. An interesting contribution to world cinema.
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