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.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Heino Ferch
as Bjorn Theodor
Jonina Olafsdottir
as Doctor's Widow
Arnar Jónsson
as Magistrate
Anna Kristin Arngrimsdottir
as Magistrate's Wife
Gunnar Hansson
as Dodo's Young Man
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Critic Reviews for The Seagull's Laughter (Mávahlátur)

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14)

Lively and beautiful filmmaking.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 9, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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Some scenes drag, but Seagull's Laughter is still delightful.

Full Review… | June 18, 2004
Miami Herald
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An uncommonly engaging comedy with ripe tragic undertones.

Full Review… | May 7, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Writer-director Agust Gudmundsson skillfully balances romantic comedy and melodrama with a coming-of-age story and morality play.

May 6, 2004
Chicago Tribune
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The cast is a sparkling ensemble, with Vilhjálmsdóttir adept at keeping us guessing about the mercurial and complex Freya's true nature.

Full Review… | March 18, 2004
Los Angeles Times
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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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this is the 1st time as far as i could recall to have watched a film from Iceland, complete w/its gorgeous setting. this film's kinda mixed in its treatment as parts are outright hilarious, nostalgic, serious, tragic, and meditative. if it was made longer than what i saw, it would have turned out to be boring. but then story was well crafted and awesome in its narrative---i think it's the very strength of this movie. i understand now a very good way of presenting the topic of "how to commit murder/s and getting away with it" on film----go see how it was done in this movie.

Jerome Baladad
Jerome Baladad

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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