101 Reykjavík (DVD)

101 Reykjavik This movie is also known as "101 ehf. kynnir". It is an interesting portrayal of modern Iceland and modern life in general. Hlynur Bjorn Hafsteinsson is an adult slacker that still lives at home and is very disinterested with moving on with his life. As he says it himself, he was "dead before I was born . . . life is an interruption". Despite drifting through life, he is able to have a relationship with a woman named Hofi, but even here he is a slacker. It's not clear whether he really cares about the relationship all that much. However, things change when his mother's friend drops by (Lola; a lesbian, actually she is bi).

101 Reykjavík provides an interesting look at Iceland, the characters are interesting, and some of the filmography is stunning, with very beautiful shots of Icelandic landscape. As one view describes the movie: "A fantastically concocted farce. A fifties-clad sexually attractive, aimless, partying nerd with horn rimmed glasses and no hindsight is manhandled by his lesbian mother and her hot blooded lover. They teach him to accept his place as father/brother at the bottom of the totem pole in the family." The movie reminds me of movies by the eccentric and excellent Spanish director Almodovar, without the dramatic gloom and heavy atmosphere, but equally odd and funny.

A caution: There is a bit of nudity in this movie.

Product Details (US version)

  • Actors: Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Victoria Abril, Hanna María Karlsdóttir, Baltasar Kormákur
  • Directors: Baltasar Kormákur
  • Writers: Baltasar Kormákur, Hallgrímur Helgason
  • Producers: Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Þórðarson, Magnús V. Sigurðsson, Michael P. Aust, Þorfinnur Ómarsson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
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