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Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) (2017)

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A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it's time to leave the playground and face adulthood.

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Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson
as Sigurour, Kristjan's Father
Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir
as Pordis, Kristjan's Mother
Arni Fridriksson
as Beth's Father
Eyvindur Agust Runolfsson
as Ginger's Friend #1
Magnus Porri Jokulsson
as Ginger's Friend #2
Viktor Agustsson
as Ginger's Friend #3
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Despite its need for serious narrative compression, this remains an emotionally authentic, often poignant look at growing up and growing aware.

September 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite its flaws, this is a well-acted, visually atmospheric debut that shows promise, casting a soulful gaze on awkward-age upheavals, gay and straight.

September 12, 2017 | Full Review…

[A] thoughtful, lyrical, slightly over-deliberate tour of a beautiful teenage wasteland.

September 12, 2017 | Full Review…
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In all such tales of the growing self-awareness of youth, the quality of the playing from the young cast is crucial, and Gudmundsson has drawn hugely sensitive performances from his two leads.

November 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Heartstone is the type of debut film that is brimming with good intentions but ultimately doesn't make a strong enough case for its existence.

November 17, 2017 | Full Review…

A striking, indelible and profound debut for Gudmundsson.

November 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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