The Swan (Svanurinn)

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In contemporary rural Iceland, a wayward 9-year old girl, Sól, is sent to distant countryside relatives for a summer to work and to mature. Nature seems endless there, the animals soulful but the people harsh. All except the mysterious farmhand Jón, who - as Sól herself - likes words better than people. But the farmers' daughter Ásta has a claim on Jón as well, and soon Sól becomes entangled in a drama she hardly can grasp. This summer marks Sól's rite of passage into the murky waters of adulthood, and the wild nature in us all.


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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.

    Aug 17, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Though occasionally overwrought in its ethereal tangents, "The Swan" has strong things going for it...

    Aug 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A coming-of-age drama that's as beautiful and brutal as the remote, rural landscape of northern Iceland where it takes place.

    Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    Aug 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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