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A funny, offbeat romantic comedy about an unlikely tryst with the beautiful Icelandic landscape as a backdrop.
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Kormakur ... balances tones with a smooth, mature confidence.
A times as flatly deadpan as Hylner, at others as passionately eccentric as Abril's Lola, 101 Reykjavik is at least dedicatedly unexpected.
Imagine, if you dare, Ingmar Bergman as a consummate slacker with a wicked sense of pop humour.
There's something juicily amusing about the nonjudgmental way Kormakur views his characters.
101 Reykjavik sometimes seems to be drifting pointlessly, but it keeps on righting itself, with moments of humor and imagination.
Gudnason makes a delightful anti-hero, Abril is a kick in the pants and the snowy locations are nicely integrated.
A tightly packed little snowball of a comedy that picks up steam as it rolls along.
Everything about this Icelandic sitcom comedy seemed off kilter.
It's a strange and distant tale that would only appear on Jerry Springer in America but comes off as quirky and cute when presented from the cold Nordic perspective.
A film that's as outlandish as it is entertaining.
Fails because it's nearly impossible to care about the main character.
Culture clashes, gender roles and political correctnesses all get their moment in this droll winner.
A very funny, almost deadpan Icelandic/British co-production about a 30 something slacker living with his mother and an Italian female lodger who spends his days surfing for porn and having 'just one' drink at the local club every weekend. How's that for distinctiveness? Thrown into the mix is a beautifully played "coming out" that has repercussions for said slacker, Hlynur, his feelings of worth (he doesn't try to look for work or 'better himself' - what's the point?) and his general apathetic attitude. An adaptation of a cultish novel, Baltasar Kormakur has made an incredibly warm film in a freezing cold city that has sex, heart, laughs and truth. There are no giant lessons learned or hurdles leapt over, merely small realisations and acknowledgments made. There is lots to admire here; the idiosyncratic writing, the superb performances (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason is all sorts of delightful man-child geekiness - adorable and stubborn in an awkward fuzzy package), the Almodovar-esque characters and the Damon Albarn co-written soundtrack.
Icelandic eurotrash about sex, drugs, parties, lesbians and the difficulties of growing up.
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