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101 Reykjavík (2000)

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Thirty-year-old Hlynur still lives with his mother and spends his days drinking, watching porn and surfing the net while living off unemployment checks. A girl is interested in him, but he ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lola
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Hlynur Bjorn Hafsteinsson
Hanna María Karlsdóttir ...
Berglind
Þrúður Vilhjálmsdóttir ...
Hófí
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Þröstur
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Marri
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ...
Brúsi
Eyvindur Erlendsson ...
Hafsteinn
Halldóra Björnsdóttir ...
Elsa
Hilmar Jonsson ...
Magnús
Jóhann Sigurðarson ...
Páll
Edda Heidrún Backman ...
Kona Páls
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Ellert (as Guðmundur Ingi Þorvaldsson)
Gunnar Eyjólfsson ...
Nágranni
Jónína Ólafsdóttir ...
Kona á Tryggingarm
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Thirty-year-old Hlynur still lives with his mother and spends his days drinking, watching porn and surfing the net while living off unemployment checks. A girl is interested in him, but he stands back from commitment. His mother's Spanish flamenco teacher, Lola, moves in with them for Christmas. On New Year's Eve, while his mother is away, Hlynur finds out Lola is a lesbian, but also ends up having sex with her. He soon finds out he and his mother are sharing more than a house. Eventually he must find out where he fits into the puzzle, and how to live life less selfishly. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com/Peter Brandt Nielsen

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30° below zero, five hours of daylight, what else can you do but get wrecked

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1 June 2000 (Iceland)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,547 (USA) (27 July 2001)

Gross:

$12,182 (USA) (27 July 2001)
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Directorial debut of Baltasar Kormákur. See more »

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Hlynur: Lola will be his mum, and my mum will be his dad. And I'll be his brother, but his father too, and the son of his dad and of his grandmother and his mothers ex-lover.
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911 Iceland...
19 August 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

This more or less seems to become a new trend: European countries – not particularly known for their rich history in film-making – surprise the world with semi-artistic movies telling us how boring life is in this particular country. F*cking Amal did so for Sweden…and 101 Reykjavik represents Iceland's pride and joy. I really like the lackadaisical tone of this film and especially the main character Hlynur is great! I love these Icelandic names, by the way…and the language is lovely! Anyway, Hlynur is a 30 something single man who gives cigarettes to 4-year-olds and daydreams about butchering his closest relatives with a shotgun…on Christmas day! He still lives with his mother while he already looks forward to drawing a pension. Oh, he also occasionally bangs his mother's Flamenco dance-teacher. Her name is Lola and every time her name is mentioned the song by The Kinks can be heard on a harmonica, which is rather funny. Anyway, Hlynur doesn't know that Lola is the lesbian toygirl of his mother…Just your typical day in 101 Reykjavik.

101 Reykjavik is very funny, only because the main character is such a loser! And everybody knows is a lot more interesting to observe a loser instead of a fake action hero, right? The different subjects handled in this film all may look very controversial, but the terrific use of black humor and satire makes it a lot easier to digest. And, it must be said, the film features a few extremely ingenious findings! In a brilliantly comical scene, Hlynur irritates a traffic warden by putting extra coins in every parking meter so that he can't write a single ticket. I'd certainly recommend this film, as long as you're not expecting an authentic masterpiece. It's clever, creative and filled with nudity (male and female). If they made one lesson clear with this movie, it's: don't ever settle in Iceland!


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