An Icelandic film about a fisherman who has to survive the cold sea after his boat sinks and his crew drown.
Normally, this is far from the films I choose to watch. Personally, I find foreign films a bit hit and miss with how they present themselves. The premise of this film is a bit bland, but the film manages to entice you in to its dark folds.
The naturalistic style of filming and storytelling is done well. The scenes are mundane but that is where the magic lies within the film. The audience are shown the day to day lives of the fishermen and their families.
We can only watch as Ólafur Darri Ólafsson’s character Gulli battles to stay alive in extreme conditions. The film also had a few sad scenes which I really didn’t expect, but it was worth it in the end. The cinematography was also top class. However, most of all the film was relatively short at around 79 minutes long. It is a perfect example of a film effective by its conciseness and stunning visuals.
If you are looking to break into watching foreign cinema, then I highly recommend this film. If anything, it reinforces the endurance of the human spirit.
MY RATING: ***.5 / *****