Critic Consensus: Relying more on inventive slapstick than dialogue for its humor, L'iceberg is an irreverent and charming comedy.
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Three European directors - Bruno Romy, Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon - teamed up for the quirky and offbeat Franco-Belgian feature Iceberg, which represents an unofficial cinematic homage to the comedic antics of screen legends Jacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Fiona Gordon stars as Fiona, a down on her luck, self-deprecating mother and wife who spends her days running a nearby restaurant. When she accidentally gets locked in the establishment's freezer, however, a transformation occurs; a theretofore unseen zany and wacky side emerges from the character (ala Chaplin, during the "mechanization" sequence of Modern Times); she becomes über-obsessed with all things frozen, and later embarks on a nutty, defiantly unpredictable adventure with a deaf sailor whom she encounters, aboard a boat ominously christened 'Le Titanique.' ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for L'Iceberg
It's heartening to see anyone pull off any sort of comedy along these classically established lines.
Delightful in places, the surreal stunts are lovingly crafted. As a seaworthy film, though, Fiona's folly is more pratfall than plot.
I found it striking but often strident, and neither funny nor edifying.
'Deadpan' doesn't begin to describe the tongue-in-cheek mix of gravity and cool detachment in which L'Iceberg's slapstick nonsense thrives.
Ultimately undone by its air of overly mannered preciousness.
Audience Reviews for L'Iceberg
A thoroughly enjoyable, if bizarre, bare-bones story provides the backdrop for this cinematic performance art. Almost surreal in its depiction of a woman who becomes restless after finding out she is not quite indispensable to her family and sets out on an ultimately successful quest. Minimal dialog interferes with the visual feast that awaits the rare viewer who does not need a compelling story line to keep one's interest. Fiona Gordon wrote, directed, and starred in this piece and it is her vision that makes it all work. Her beauty, muted as it is, grew on this viewer as the film progressed. She may not be what one would call a traditional beauty, but there is something about her quiet dignity and determination that caused one to be captured by her performance. There are sight gags galore from the opening scene to the very end. "Brava!" Ms Gordon!
[font=Century Gothic]"L'Iceberg" starts with Nattikuttuk(Lucy Tulugarjuk) explaining how she met her husband.(Savor these words of speech. They will be few and far between for a while. And yes there is a very good reason for this style, if you think about it...) Her story begins with Fiona(Fiona Gordon, writer/director #1), who is married to Julien(Dominique Abel, writer/director #2), getting trapped overnight in the freezer at the restaurant where she works. She survives but also becomes obsessed with icebergs, eventually stowing away in a frozen food truck, along with a lot of other people who do not want to go quite as far north as she does...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic](Writer/director #3 is Bruno Romy who shows up later in the movie.)[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"L'Iceberg" is a charmingly offbeat movie that feels like a live action cartoon. In any case, it is best not to take anything that happens in the movie literally, as it is all part of a fable about love and the nature of language.[/font]
"When Fiona, who manages a fast-food restaurant, accidentally locks herself in the restaurant's walk-in freezer overnight, she realizes how pointless her life has become and runs away; to seek happiness, put her life right again and perhaps to visit the icebergs with which she begins an obsession."
Even before you start watching this unknown little gem of a film you know it's going to be bizarre. Directors and stars Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy use sparse dialogue, deadpan humour, quirky characters and Tati-esque gags to create an original and charming experience. Totally different from comedies coming from Hollywood today, to sum up just a generally fun film.
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