Thursday, October 06, 2005

101 Reykjavik (2000)

Hooo yeah it gets cold up there in Reykjavik...

Genre: Comedy Drama (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, France)

Starring: Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Victoria Abril (Kaena: The Prophecy; French Twist)

Directed By: Baltasar Kormakur

Overview: In the frozen city of Reykjavik, we follow the wacky life of our hero, his mother, and her lesbian Spanish Flamenco teacher.

Acting: The acting was fine. I wasn't a fan of the overzealous Lola character, however I think that was the point. Still everyone did fine and nothing stood out as grand or lame.
Rating: 7

Cinematography: The images were a touch panoramic, though they could have done more landscapes. The cinematography did more to capture the theme of isolation, rather than look real good, or have a neat style. The location scouting was good, but the delivery wasn't particularly impressive.
Rating: 7

Script: The script wasn't all that memorable either. It's pretty straight forward stuff, getting the point across, then there's a funny scene here and there, but sometimes I felt that there was some humour lost in translation.
Rating: 7

Plot: The story started off well. We explore the life of a self-proclaimed lazy bum in a place where there's really nothing to do. From there it gets a little more complicated and relationships ebb and flow like the tides. As for how interested I was in the story itself? Yeah, didn't much care for it.
Rating: 6

Mood: As stated above, the mood was well captured. The darkness of the wasteland that they live in, the land itself, all that was very well done, but I couldn't really get into the whole story side of things, and I didn't really care all that much more most of the players.
Rating: 7

Wow, they even have heat up there in Reukkidyacivk!!!

Overall Rating: 68% (A Little Too Foreign To Me)

Aftertaste: The foreign film. It's always a gamble you know? Sometimes you find yourself thinking, what the hell kind of sense does this make, and why are plotless films so widely renowned in Europe? Luckily this film poses neither of those questions... all that much. Not something I'd recommend but it was decent enough. Not all that memorable though.