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Although the screenplay occasionally falters as a result of the predictable melodrama, The Swan is elevated by Martin Neumeyer's cinematography (there are times when I wished this was a travelogue) and Grima Valsdottir's committed performance.
Though occasionally overwrought in its ethereal tangents, "The Swan" has strong things going for it...
It doesn't always manage to stay afloat, but its center never wavers, with Valsdóttir delivering a bracingly unsentimental portrayal of a perceptive outsider weathering an often grim awakening.
A coming-of-age drama that's as beautiful and brutal as the remote, rural landscape of northern Iceland where it takes place.
"The Swan" is not a film that wants for drama. But despite the upheaval, the director Asa Helga Hjorleifsdottir never displays the passion that her characters suggest in their stories.
Anchored by a remarkable child's performance, The Swan is a sensitive example of an overlooked element in coming-of-age films: awakening to the outside world.
It's unfortunate that The Swan doesn't fully catch fire as a family drama or a rites-of-passage story, but a film with such a rich and finely honed sense of place is one that nevertheless deserves to be seen.
In the sea of stellar coming-of-age films that have recently been released - Eighth Grade, Lady Bird, Mustang - The Swan's beautiful blend of human drama and magical realism is still unique enough to stand out.
Director Hjörleifsdóttir straddles the fine line between dreamscape and reality with admirable nuance.
A sober-minded and intense girl in Iceland deals with epiphanies about adults and nature.
A gently moving, lyrical and unflinching coming-of-age drama with a terrific performance by newcomer Gríma Valsdóttir.
An awkward debut film by an Icelandic director, The Swan centers on a nine-year-old girl on her first summer away from home.
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