Under the Tree (Undir trénu)

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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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  • This is a cracking film, though the good people of the Icelandic tourist board may be holding their heads in their hands.

    Aug 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a striking, if slightly silly, curio from the writer-director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson: 85 minutes of Bergman-lite topped off with five minutes of Tarantino.

    Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • Opts for Grand Guignol over subtle nuance, but entertaining nonetheless.

    Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Sigurðsson is no misanthrope and his humane message - that everyone is muddling along as best they can - makes all the feuding and bile easier to stomach.

    Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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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…

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