101 Reykjavik (2001)



Critic Consensus: A funny, offbeat romantic comedy about an unlikely tryst with the beautiful Icelandic landscape as a backdrop.

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It's easy to empathize with adolescent apathy when it's 30 degrees below zero, nightfall at four o'clock in the afternoon, and you're knee-deep in graying snow sludge. But at 28 years old, Hlynur's a little long in the tooth to be making Nintendo, cyber porn, and getting wasted into next year his vocation. In addition to successfully resisting employment, adulthood, and even an inkling of responsibility, Hlynur has managed to stave off any committed co-mingling with the opposite sex -with the exception of his mother, that is, under whose authority and dotage he still lives. But it's amazing how a boy will snap to when he's aroused. Enter Lola, a spirited Spanish Flamenco teacher and an old friend of his mother's. After Lola and Hlynur share a drunken one-night stand, Hlynur is mortified to learn that Lola's been making house calls, only she's bypassed his door in favor of his mother's. And to add insult to injured astonishment, the happy couple is expecting their first child.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Edda Heidrun Backman
as Pall's Wife
Halldór Gylfason
as Meter Man
Lisa Kristjansdottir
as Lesbian at Bar
Peter Einarsson
as Daddy Mike
Berglind Steinarsdotti
as Sister Maggie
Gunnar H. Gunnarsson
as Brother-in-Law Mike
Solrun Yngvadottir
as Channel Queen
Olafur Evert Ulfsson
as Younger Maple
Fida Bonnie Anderson
as Sister Marra
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Critic Reviews for 101 Reykjavik

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (13)

Kormakur ... balances tones with a smooth, mature confidence.

September 30, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A times as flatly deadpan as Hylner, at others as passionately eccentric as Abril's Lola, 101 Reykjavik is at least dedicatedly unexpected.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Imagine, if you dare, Ingmar Bergman as a consummate slacker with a wicked sense of pop humour.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

There's something juicily amusing about the nonjudgmental way Kormakur views his characters.

Full Review… | November 24, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

101 Reykjavik sometimes seems to be drifting pointlessly, but it keeps on righting itself, with moments of humor and imagination.

October 12, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Gudnason makes a delightful anti-hero, Abril is a kick in the pants and the snowy locations are nicely integrated.

Full Review… | September 28, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 101 Reykjavik

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.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

Not everything about Iceland is necessarily cold & dark. [101 Reykjavik] is an average comedy-drama about a careless & casual sloven, "the offspring of a boozer & a lesbian", who is reluctant to grow up & taking his responsibility. There are some screwball, funny moments although the film tone is not that coherent somehow.



Stefan P
Stefan P

Super Reviewer

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