Rams

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Rams transcends its remote location -- and somewhat esoteric storyline -- by using the easily relatable dynamic between two stubborn brothers to speak universal truths.

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A hard-drinking Icelandic farmer (Theodór Júlíusson) and his estranged brother (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) band together to save their flocks of sheep from authorities who want the animals destroyed.

Cast & Crew

Sigurður Sigurjónsson
Gummi
Theodór Júlíusson
Kiddi
Charlotte Bøving
Katrin

Runólfur

Hildur
Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson
Bjarni
Jörundur Ragnarsson
Villi

Sindri
Gunnar Jónsson
Grímur
Grímur Hákonarson
Director
Grímur Hákonarson
Screenwriter
Grímar Jónsson
Producer
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Cinematographer
Kristján Loðmfjörð
Film Editor
Atli Örvarsson
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Critic Reviews for Rams (Hrútar)

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (5)

  • After grim comedy comes the threat of grim tragedy. The ending is a do-or-die confrontation with the elements, powerfully presented.

    December 27, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This powerful volcanic landscape needs a complimentary style and Hakonarson brings one: long takes with little camera movement, almost a series of tableaux. It's similar to documentary but with a more poetic touch.

    April 6, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The shafts of humour don't shine nearly as brightly as they should.

    April 6, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Resonant and surprisingly affecting ...

    March 18, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In its attentive and hushed way, the movie is about collision: between stubborn farmers and the government veterinary board, between ancient ways and modern times, between two old, hardheaded brothers.

    March 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Sigurjónsson's Gummi, with his quiet canniness and his fearful, conflicted feelings about his belligerent brother, is the best reason to watch "Rams."

    February 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rams (Hrútar)

  • Sep 26, 2016
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2016
    This is the type of movie that will definitely seem boring to someone who's top 5 movies of all time are from Marvel's Cinematic Universe. Maybe that's just me generalizing, but I just don't think those kind of people will find something to enjoy here. I sure as shit hope I'm wrong, but the fact of the matter is that this movie wasn't a major success abroad. It may have gotten a very limited released on this side of the world, but it probably didn't really make that much money to begin with. The point is that I can see how someone who enjoys casual films might watch, say, 10 minutes of this and then decide to shut it off, never to think about it again. But, realistically speaking, those people would actually be missing on one hell of a movie. Though it's the type of movie that builds up to what, I would say, is an excellent third act. It does, however, take some getting there. It's not a movie that's gonna reveal all its cards 15 minutes into it. And not that there's really much of a mystery going on here, outside of why the brothers are feuding and haven't spoken for over 40 years, but it's a movie that spends its time establishing its characters and their motivations. Essentially, the movie deals with the aforementioned brothers, who are neighbors despite not having spoken in over 4 decades, and the complications they deal with after their respective flocks are killed off due to an infection. The film sees the brothers feuding for what, Kiddi, the balding one, perceives as Gummi's betrayal, as he was the one who informed someone else that one of Kiddi's sheep may have the infection. The brothers' feud is subtly expanded upon as both have pretty much centered their entire lives around being the best possible sheep farmer and outdoing the other brother. Both are unmarried and don't have any other relatives outside of each other. They've spent their entire adult lives, both clearly being over their 60s at this point, on a feud that, essentially, boils down to the fact that their father left the farm in the hands of Gummi. But the thing that drives them apart, in general and at the start of the film, is also the thing that brings them together at the end. Gummi killed his own sheep before the vets got there, but he kept 6 or 7 of them in his basement, one male and the rest female, and has successfully gotten the male to breed with all of the females. He is found out and he enlists Kiddi's help in order to help hide the sheep. They decide to take them up a mountain, the problem is the fact that there's a pretty severe snowstorm going on at the same time. And I think that this where the movie is at its best, mostly because of the simplicity of it all. Gummi finds himself in a situation where he's suffering from hypothermia as a result of this snowstorm. Kiddi digs out a cave and puts his brother in it, he gets in and gives his brother body heat and he's clearly very worried and affected. And I think this gives way to the silliness of their decades-long feud. It's got some universal themes that we can all relate to. Not necessarily holding on to a grudge for that long, but just being stubborn in regards to certain things and pushing the people that should love you the most away. The film hits onto something that feels real and believable, at least within its own context. It's also helped by some really strong performances by the two leads. They really are excellent, even if the film doesn't have a lot of conventional dialogue. But those two really do a fantastic job. And the third act really does push the film into the great territory, to me at least. I realize this may not have been a great review, but I really do think that this was a great movie. It's not gonna be everyone's cup of tea, but the cinematography is excellent, the character development is strong and the performances are great. I can't really complain about this movie in the slightest. It's a movie that definitely pays off if you stick with it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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