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Foreldrar, a review

By Iceland Review

New Icelandic movie Foreldrar (“Parents”) by Ragnar Bragason premiered on Friday, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Börn (“Children”). IR’s Nanna Árnadóttir attended a preview.

Iceland is Europe’s fastest growing nation, a fact which Icelanders experience, on the odd occasion, as success, but often also as overwhelming disappointment in people’s own abilities as functioning human beings.

Cue Foreldrar, the new black-and-white movie by Iceland’s cinematic tragedy cum comedy director Ragnar Bragason. Foreldrar (“Parents”) is a follow up to Börn (“Children”), released 2006, which follows the lives of three parents.

Einar (Víkingur Kristjánsson) is a disinterested yuppie father drowning in a pool of his own denial as he makes feeble attempts to win back his wife who has moved on.

Katrín Rós (Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir) left her son in the care of her bossy, condescending mother some 11 years ago and is trying to win back the affection and trust of her neglected son.

Óskar (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) is a repressed but lovable dentist who desperately wants a child to call his own, but whose wife is leading him along the garden path to nowhere.

Though the acting overall was as wobbly as the camera, the film was made tolerable through the character of Óskar, who forced the audience to scrap its criticism and open its heart to a special portrayal of parenthood.

The film’s strongest point is how it manages to draw laughter out of sinister situations. Feelings of inadequacy, parental abandonment, superficiality, and road rage are all fair game, and leave you giggling at scenarios that would devastate you in real life.

Click here to watch the movie trailer and here to read more about Börn.

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