Hafið (The Sea) (Havet) (2002)

Hafið (The Sea) (Havet)



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A family reunion staged to welcome an exiled relation turns out to be a study in tension and unpleasant feelings in this family drama. Thórdur (Gunnar Eyjólfsson) is the aging owner of a fishing business that has seen better days. Working alongside Thórdur is his oldest son, Haraldur (Sigurdur Skúlason), who is convinced the business is doomed unless they upgrade and update their equipment. Haraldur also has to deal with his outspoken wife, Áslaug (Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir), who is convinced that … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Olafur Haukur Simonarson, Baltasar Kormákur, Olafur Haukur Smmonarson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2003
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Critic Reviews for Hafið (The Sea) (Havet)

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (23)

There is something willfully balanced about director- co-writer Baltasar Kormakur's vision of this imploding family.

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
Denver Post
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A subzero saga where dysfunction and distress -- and large quantities of herring -- rule.

June 19, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Funny and entertaining ... in an Icelandic sort of way.

Full Review… | June 13, 2003
New York Observer
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The different tones don't always blend smoothly, but it's still a pretty compelling tale.

Full Review… | June 12, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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.

June 6, 2003
Seattle Times
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The potential for spiteful humor exists throughout the movie, but Kormakur keeps hooking into melodrama, and for that you need at least one sympathetic character in whom to invest.

Full Review… | June 6, 2003
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Hafið (The Sea) (Havet)

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.

Curtis Lilly

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