Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Under the Tree leads viewers into decidedly bleak territory, but it's leavened by sly intelligence and a surprising sense of humor.

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UNDER THE TREE follows a man who is accused of adultery and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbors over an old and beautiful tree. What starts as a typical spat between suburban neighbors unexpectedly and violently reaches a boiling point, soon spiraling out of control.

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Grim stuff, gloriously so.

Jul 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Sigurdsson has crafted an exhilaratingly sly dark comedy about ordinary suburbanite folk going from unglued to unhinged to ultimately undone.

Jul 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A less interesting movie might simply have served up a headlong plunge into the abyss - but Sigurdsson gives us a tiny flicker of light.

Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Sigurdsson clearly has his finger on the pulse, not only of smoothly engrossing filmmaking, but also his own anxious times.

Jul 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What makes it a better-than-average satire on the unthinking hostilities that human beings are prone to is its steady intelligence, combined with a humor sometimes so dry as to be undetectable.

Jul 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You know about good things and small packages; this is a dark and startling thing in a brightly wrapped package, and the brightness is all the more misleading because the action takes place during Iceland's radiant summer.

Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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