Under the Tree (Undir trénu) Reviews

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August 10, 2018
Although the first section presents these conflicts with the couples and the neighbors as something insipid, little by little these conflicts grow in scale and intensity and the story becomes more interesting. [Full review in Spanish]
August 10, 2018
Mordant, bleeding, cruel and, above all, very true. [Full review in Spanish]
August 10, 2018
Under The Tree is grim but Sigurðsson delivers some very memorable surprises and his uncompromising approach makes it almost impossible to look away.
August 9, 2018
Under The Tree is a macabre and darkly funny slice of Icelandic noir - a bit like Fargo done Reykjavik-style.
August 9, 2018
For any politician spoiling for a fight over Ireland's soft/hard border, Under the Tree is required viewing.
August 8, 2018
Director Sigurðsson turns the screws as far as he can in this blackly absurdist tour de force, with a mostly smart and original screenplay.
August 8, 2018
Imagine a Mike Leigh film with fangs, directed in a style of Nordic deadpan.
August 6, 2018
Dressed in the garments of a comedy... Under the Tree is a descent into the infernos that strips Icelandic society of any sign of humanity. [Full review in Spanish]
August 6, 2018
A film that confidently travels from mordant black comedy to shocking Jacobean-like tragedy.
August 6, 2018
It is fantastical and darkly frightening, leaving audiences uneasy about whether to laugh or be horrified at the situation unfolding in front of them.
August 3, 2018
It's a dark, melodramatic story tacked onto a black comedy, and it just doesn't work.
July 26, 2018
Attention to characterization, editorial tension, and exceptional performances help to generate some fantastic ugliness.
July 23, 2018
Under the Tree is fairly lean, but not everything was clear in its necessity...finally some of it is hilarious (in a bad way).
July 19, 2018
It's tricky to root for a film when you can't easily root for even one of its characters.
July 19, 2018
You'd expect escalating tensions on both sides of the fence to be pivotal to the black comic setup - and yet, time and time again, Sigurðsson completely misses the mark when it comes to basic comic storytelling.
July 19, 2018
Interestingly, the wives are the sticks that stir the drink in this mordant war of neighbours, with the husbands dutifully forced to carry out the tragic last act, giving the whole thing the tone of a modern Icelandic Macbeth
July 16, 2018
A bleak but hilarious study of bad behaviour.
July 13, 2018
A less interesting movie might simply have served up a headlong plunge into the abyss - but Sigurdsson gives us a tiny flicker of light.
July 13, 2018
Under the Tree isolates its characters by stifling them in a suburban wasteland.
July 12, 2018
At every possibly turn, Under the Tree goes after, er, low-hanging fruit, and treats its facile revelations as if they are profound.
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