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Writer-producer Ragnar Bragason renders the story only on a superficial level, developing Hera's character primarily through changes in wardrobe, hair and makeup.
It taps into something universal, and very precious, about loss, art and adolescent rebellion.
The film deftly marries the essence of the music to a moving coming-of-age framework.
This moody Icelandic character study illustrates the subjective nature of grief and the self-destructive ways people handle loss.
Audience Reviews for Metalhead
This is spectacular, first rate filmmaking. Full of drive and humour. A real heroine, the girl is powerfully determined to find her own meaning out of tragedy. Victim is not part of her vocabulary. Top acting, direction, cinematography and script. Strong heavy metal images, expertly contrasted with the freezing landscape, the beauty of the girl, and the tenderness of the love and friendship quietly waiting everywhere. The transcendence by the family back into living is perfectly accompanied by the crashing heavy metal. The open hearted boyfriend is a beautiful role. But the arrival of the metal pilgrims must be one of the precious moments of modern cinema. And the music is excellent. When you see the poster of the heroine bestriding the frozen mountain, long straight black hair flying, armed with adventure gear and metal trappings - believe it. Not to be missed.
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