The Seagull's Laughter (Mávahlátur) (2001)


Critic Consensus: Though uneven in spots, this delightful comedy will, nevertheless, put a smile on your face.


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Agust Gudmundsson's Mavahlatur (The Seagull's Laughter) is a comedy/drama about a woman who comes to an Icelandic town. Freja (Margret Vilhjalmsdottir) arrives in the town claiming that her husband has passed away. She moves in with some extended family members, including her eleven year-old cousin Agga (Ugla Egilsdottir). Freyja rekindles a romance with the financially secure Bjorm (Heino Ferch), and manipulates him into a relationship. Bjorn's mother turns out to be more than Freyja could handle. The Seagull's Laughter competed at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for The Seagull's Laughter (Mávahlátur)

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14)

Lively and beautiful filmmaking.

Aug 13, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Seagull often is on the verge of melodrama, but in the best sense of the genre, where real life is exaggerated but never to the point of being unrecognizable.

Jul 9, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Some scenes drag, but Seagull's Laughter is still delightful.

Jun 18, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An uncommonly engaging comedy with ripe tragic undertones.

May 7, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Writer-director Agust Gudmundsson skillfully balances romantic comedy and melodrama with a coming-of-age story and morality play.

May 6, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

The cast is a sparkling ensemble, with Vilhjálmsdóttir adept at keeping us guessing about the mercurial and complex Freya's true nature.

Mar 18, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Seagull's Laughter (Mávahlátur)

A little fun in Iceland as one of the local girls returns from America with a layer of teflon and razorblades and proceeds to shake up the locals bigtime. The only flaw in this was that the newly Americanized "bad girl" still seemed not soooo very bad to me, but then I'm American, so what do I know. A little fun.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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A fantastic dark comedy from Iceland. Beautiful Freyja, recently widowed, returns from America to compete with the local ladies for the attention and affection of the island's most eligible bachelors. She'll stop at nothing to obtain what she wants: arson, battering delinquent little boys, flinging live cats at her mother-in-law, maybe even murder(?).

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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