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If Cold Fever takes too long to come into focus to be fully satisfying, it nonetheless has an undeniably endearing quality. It also looks great and has a driving, eclectic music track.
Strange, often funny, and occasionally beautiful.
Like Iceland itself, Cold Fever may seem a trip most audiences initially will reject -- as too distant, too strange, too icebound. They're wrong. Once seen, this cold, feverish wonderland is never forgotten.
The film has an engagingly hip sensibility that never descends into snobbery and an underlying seriousness that lends a touch of poetry to the self-consciously bizarre proceedings.
An out-there, sometimes wacky, often mystical road movie about a lone Japanese journeyingacross Iceland to perform a family ritual.
A one-off that lodges in the memory.
Finely tuned English speaking comical road movie set in Iceland.
[Cold Fever is] an undiluted pleasure, a road movie combining often surreal comedy and a wealth of gorgeous visuals, capturing Iceland at its most hauntingly ethereal.
Masatoshi Nagase is mesmerizing in the central role, a model of restraint even when confronted with the quirks of the characters he meets on his journey.
Cold Fever feels like a Jim Jarmusch road movie transplanted to the frozen north.
I suppose its quirkiness is a little formulaic (an American outlaw and his girlfriend run from the Iceland police) and its production value is pretty low, but the scenery is great, [and] the story isn't something you'll see every day.
An fascinating film that is both a valentine to the charms of Iceland and a flinty meditation on a young man's quest to bestow a blessing on the parents he took for granted.
Japanese businessman reluctantly travels through wintery Iceland to perform burial ceremony for dead parents. Its a good premise - road rip with extra Icelandic-Japanese culture clash- the scenery is stunning, the lead actor plays a nice mixture of confusion and adaption, and there's a cameo by Seijun Suzuki as the wise old grandfather. Downsides are too many quirky characters popping up along the way, each out-quirking the previous, and too many repetitions of the music & funeral motifs, just in case you missed them the first half a dozen times.
The scenery is stunning though.
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