With his antiquated fish processing factory on the brink of bankruptcy, the curmudgeonly patriarch of a dysfunctional Icelandic brood calls his three children home to their dilapidated coastal town. Ostensibly intended as a meeting to discuss the family's financial future, the reunion stirs up bitter sibling feuds, repressed resentment and incestuous longings that threaten to destroy their already tenuous relationships. Gunnar Eyjolfsson, Sven Nordin, Helene de Fougerolles star. 109 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Icelandic Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; "making of" documentary; music video; more.
101 REYKJAVIK - DVD Movie
Sexy Spaniard Victoria Abril heats up the wintry city of Reykjavík in 101 Reykjavík. Icelandic slacker Hlynur (Hilmir Snær Guðnason) lives on welfare with his mother, leading a depressed and aimless existence. His mother invites her flamenco teacher, Lola (Abril), to live with them; while his mother is away for New Year's Eve, Hlynur and Lola have a drunken fling. But upon her return, Hlynur's mother tells him that she and Lola are lesbian lovers--and it soon comes out that she and Lola are going to have a baby together. 101 Reykjavík seems to be the contemporary Icelandic version of American movies of the 1970s like Five Easy Pieces, in which antiheroic characters struggle to make sense of a world that doesn't seem to have any place for them. The movie is a bit unfocused, but its urban malaise feels genuine, if not particularly new. Abril is delightful, as always. --Bret Fetzer
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