The Juniper Tree

1990, Fantasy/Drama, 1h 20m

20 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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A widowed farmer's (Valdimar Orn Flygenring) son resists his new stepmother's (Bryndis Petra Bragadottir) attempts to win him over.

Cast & Crew

Björk
Margit
Valdimar Orn Flygenring
Jóhann
Geirlaug Sunna Pormar
Jónas
Larry Lipkis
Composer
Patrick Moyroud
Producer
Randy Sellars
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  • Keene complicates our feelings about the characters in subtle and useful ways, treating Katla in particular as something more intriguing than a garden-variety evil stepmother, even when she's serving up stew with a cannibalistic secret ingredient.

    July 12, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Juniper Tree" is absorbing enough to make one rue there weren't more.

    April 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Keene is doing the right kind of critical revisionism-reframing the uncanny, contorted alien logic of folktales within a politically updated dynamic, offering her own interpretation of an old story while honoring its lingering richness.

    March 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The subtle subversion on the story makes it a worthy watch, and not least for Björk's presence as the affectional center of a stone-cold world.

    March 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Juniper Tree can be a bit sluggish and redundant...but it only grows richer and more revolutionary as it goes along...

    March 15, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The movie has a style that doesn't partake of the anticipated influences - you might expect resonances of Ingmar Bergman or Carl Dreyer, but "The Juniper Tree," which was shot in English, has a voice all its own.

    March 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Keene complicates our feelings about the characters in subtle and useful ways, treating Katla in particular as something more intriguing than a garden-variety evil stepmother, even when she's serving up stew with a cannibalistic secret ingredient.

    July 12, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Juniper Tree" is absorbing enough to make one rue there weren't more.

    April 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Keene is doing the right kind of critical revisionism-reframing the uncanny, contorted alien logic of folktales within a politically updated dynamic, offering her own interpretation of an old story while honoring its lingering richness.

    March 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The subtle subversion on the story makes it a worthy watch, and not least for Björk's presence as the affectional center of a stone-cold world.

    March 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It happens to be the debut of genre-bending, experimental pop music artist, Björk, and whilst that is enough of a hook for many...the last thing this film should be remembered as is trivia.

    March 29, 2021 | Full Review…
  • An experimental, hypnotic and surreal piece. [Full review in Spanish]

    November 23, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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