Hafið (The Sea) (Havet) (2002)
Critic Reviews for Hafið (The Sea) (Havet)
There is something willfully balanced about director- co-writer Baltasar Kormakur's vision of this imploding family.
A subzero saga where dysfunction and distress -- and large quantities of herring -- rule.
The different tones don't always blend smoothly, but it's still a pretty compelling tale.
Bad behavior, by itself, can entertain for only so long. By film's end, the laughs had disappeared and black comedy had turned into dour, pointless drama.
Audience Reviews for Hafið (The Sea) (Havet)
Iceland. Tradition VS modernization. A dysfunctional & rotten family building up with lots of dark histories, secrets & calculations. Through the eyes of the director, in addition to captures of Iceland landscapes, the film also depicted something concerning the Icelanders- the 'invasion' from outside world- economy, cultures & ideology, immigrants. Thorough in vision.
It gets 3 stars because it had crazy Icelandic people yelling their Satan language at each other the whole time. Otherwise, it's a 2.5 star film about kids hating Iceland and their Dad, and one guy humps his half cousin half sister in a frozen ocean and they act like it's no biggie. Too bad he'd not be able to breath, let alone get it up. Still, it's cool when this one scary lady picks up a cop with a fork lift and dumps him into the ocean.
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