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Relying more on inventive slapstick than dialogue for its humor, L'iceberg is an irreverent and charming comedy. Read critic reviews

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Fiona (Fiona Gordon), the manager of a fast-food restaurant, accidentally locks herself in the store's freezer overnight. Following her rescue, she returns home and is dismayed to learn that her husband (Dominique Abel) and children failed to notice her absence. Now attracted to frosty things, Fiona hires a sailor (Philippe Martz) to take her to live on an iceberg.

Cast & Crew

Fiona Gordon
Fiona
Robin Goupil
Fiona's Child
Lola Hélie
Lola
Fiona Gordon
Director
Fiona Gordon
Writer
Fiona Gordon
Producer
Sébastien Koeppel
Cinematographer
Jacques Luley
Original Music
Laura Couderc
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Critic Reviews for L'Iceberg

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Audience Reviews for L'Iceberg

  • Aug 08, 2012
    I didn't enjoy this movie as much as I did The Fairy. That's not to say it isn't very funny and clever, because it is. It's pretty much the same format as the Fairy, just a lot of visual comedy with even LESS dialogue than The Fairy. I think the great thing about this film is that despite its VERY minimal dialogue there's actually a great story to the film. You know what's going on and why it's happening, and at its heart it is quite a charming love story. And the movie is still very funny and the cast is, of course, tremendous. Fiona Gordon is hilarious quite frankly. Really not much to say, again didn't find it as funny as I'd have expected, but I still very much enjoyed it and would watch it again in a heartbeat.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2010
    A thoroughly enjoyable, if bizarre, bare-bones story provides the backdrop for this cinematic performance art. Almost surreal in its depiction of a woman who becomes restless after finding out she is not quite indispensable to her family and sets out on an ultimately successful quest. Minimal dialog interferes with the visual feast that awaits the rare viewer who does not need a compelling story line to keep one's interest. Fiona Gordon wrote, directed, and starred in this piece and it is her vision that makes it all work. Her beauty, muted as it is, grew on this viewer as the film progressed. She may not be what one would call a traditional beauty, but there is something about her quiet dignity and determination that caused one to be captured by her performance. There are sight gags galore from the opening scene to the very end. "Brava!" Ms Gordon!
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2009
    "When Fiona, who manages a fast-food restaurant, accidentally locks herself in the restaurant's walk-in freezer overnight, she realizes how pointless her life has become and runs away; to seek happiness, put her life right again and perhaps to visit the icebergs with which she begins an obsession." Even before you start watching this unknown little gem of a film you know it's going to be bizarre. Directors and stars Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy use sparse dialogue, deadpan humour, quirky characters and Tati-esque gags to create an original and charming experience. Totally different from comedies coming from Hollywood today, to sum up just a generally fun film.
    Emily B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]"L'Iceberg" starts with Nattikuttuk(Lucy Tulugarjuk) explaining how she met her husband.(Savor these words of speech. They will be few and far between for a while. And yes there is a very good reason for this style, if you think about it...) Her story begins with Fiona(Fiona Gordon, writer/director #1), who is married to Julien(Dominique Abel, writer/director #2), getting trapped overnight in the freezer at the restaurant where she works. She survives but also becomes obsessed with icebergs, eventually stowing away in a frozen food truck, along with a lot of other people who do not want to go quite as far north as she does...[/font] [font=Century Gothic](Writer/director #3 is Bruno Romy who shows up later in the movie.)[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"L'Iceberg" is a charmingly offbeat movie that feels like a live action cartoon. In any case, it is best not to take anything that happens in the movie literally, as it is all part of a fable about love and the nature of language.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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