Reviews

101 Reykjavik

4

The impressive feature debut of Icelandic actor-turned-director Baltasar Kormákur, 101 Reykjavik has already attracted comparisons to Pedro Almodóvar's farces, yet its deadpan humour is quintessentially Scandinavian, bringing to mind the droll tragi-comedies of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.

Hlynur (Gudnason ) is a 28-year-old slacker still living at home with his mother (Karlsdóttir) in the Icelandic capital, and getting by on unemployment benefits. Days are for sleeping and computer games, nights are for boozing, while avoiding any long-term commitment to the opposite sex. However, a drunken one-night-stand with the middle-aged Lola (Abril) has some unexpected consequences...

101 Reykjavik makes excellent use of voice-over plus fantasy and flashback sequences to convey Hlynur's bemused state of mind. And it's refreshing to watch a film in which the central character has no ambition for self-improvement. Somehow, though, Gudnason's performance makes us feel sympathy for this childish loafer. That, combined with atmospheric cinematography and Damon Albarn's dub-heavy score, makes this cool Icelandic export well worth seeing.

Verdict:

NO VERDICT

User Reviews

    • ParagraphFilms

      Mar 17th 2010, 18:47

      3

      Labeled as a ‘hillarious black comedy’ it wasn’t exactly a barrel of laughs, but had a few good lines / scenes. Film looks good and the story’s not exactly clichéd. Some of the scenery and general feel you get of Iceland is worth watching it for alone. Good, but not quite on par with the awkward dark comedy films of Todd Solondz (Welcome to the dollhouse, happiness etc) – which I think it was trying to achieve. L.O.L.A. LOLA! Score: 6.5/10 http://paragraphfilms.wordpress.com/

      Alert a moderator

    • dergerse

      Oct 1st 2010, 21:04

      I mean, helpful site. Where is your rss? My Mahjong and Hidden object games, great Farm games free, news Pet games for kids, awesome Salon games for girls, usa Babysitting games free, best Air traffic controller game trial, free Download games and new Roads of rome game cheats for Hospital Haste fans

      Alert a moderator

    • truballer2

      Nov 19th 2010, 19:59

      great site vigrx plus

      Alert a moderator

    • turlington

      Dec 15th 2010, 11:11

      its good to see this information in your post, i was looking the same but there was not any proper resource. business degree buy degree online education

      Alert a moderator

    • turlington

      Dec 15th 2010, 11:11

      Thank you for this very useful information. fake degree life experience degree

      Alert a moderator

    • sarahpaul

      Dec 21st 2010, 14:31

      its good to see this information in your post, i was looking the same but there was not any proper resource. Watch How Do You Know Online Watch Tron: Legacy Online Watch Yogi Bear Online Watch Rabbit Hole Online Watch Little Fockers Online Watch True Grit Online Watch Country Strong Online Watch Somewhere Online Watch Gulliver's Travel Online Watch Blue Valentine Online Watch Season of the Witch Online

      Alert a moderator

    • marie25

      Dec 28th 2010, 8:44

      I'm gonna watch this movie. I think this is great... Houston Doctors

      Alert a moderator