Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Sea (2002)

The Sea / Hafið (2002)
The Sea / Hafið (2002)

Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director:  Baltasar Kormákur
Starring: Gunnar Eyjólfsson, Hilmir Snær Gudnason, Hélène de Fougerolles, Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir
Duration: 109 min.
Rating: 7.1/10

An aging father summons his children home from various parts of the world to unload a secret that will cause long hidden resentments and desires to rise to the surface, this leads to a startling finale that will forever affect the whole family.


The Sea is the second film from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (Jar City).  It tells the story of a wealthy family who own a fishing company in a small village on the coast of Iceland.  A family filled with wacky characters who constantly find themselves in strange situations.

It's a beautifully filmed picture, with wonderful shots of the village and surrounding landscapes, that portray both a picturesque place and also a harsh and unforgiving environment.  There are also some very funny scenes and dialogue and good performances from the ensemble cast.  However the tone soon becomes dark as the family secrets are aired, and playful becomes mean spirited as their relationships implode one after another.    

The Sea / Hafið (2002)

The Sea / Hafið (2002)

The Sea / Hafið (2002)

The Sea / Hafið (2002)

The Sea / Hafið (2002)

The Sea / Hafið (2002)

The Sea / Hafið (2002)

The Sea / Hafið (2002)


Jesse Cohen said...

Totally different from Sea of Love, but better and no john goodman.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Yeah, I'd call it a black comedy. That seems to be an Icelandic trademark.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Either that or a melee tournament to the death...

Moviemonstrosity said...

saw this one, really good film

Beasts in Human Skin said...

I think it would be better if the father summoned his children for a scavenger hunt/race across the country for their inheritance. No?

Hermann Rorschach said...

In to something else? What comedies are you watching?!?

The Angry Lurker said...

Would you class it as black comedy or comedy that descends into something else?

Adalmin said...

Is it just me or have there been a lot of blue toned movies lately?

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