Movie Review: Rams (Hrútar)

If you like Iceland, this movie is for you!  It’s currently on Netflix and it’s won a whooping 31 awards & garnered 14 more nominations.  Thank you IMDb.

I’ll admit, I thought it was a documentary when I started it.  Turns out, it’s not.  It’s the story of two brothers coming together to save their adjacent farms after decades of not speaking.  It runs the full emotional gamut.  It’s heartwarming, funny and incredibly sad, all at once.

And that’s before I even mention the sweaters!  The sweaters are inspiring.  I want them all.  I’m still not sure how I bought so much Lopi and have yet to make myself a traditional lopapeysa.

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While it’s a work of fiction, with a script and actors, I can’t help but think it’s inspired by some real life accounts.   I spent time on several farms when I was in Iceland.  The film took me back to those days, instantly.   They certainly didn’t film on a ‘set’.   I doubt there was much set dressing.  They just went to a farm.

The Icelandic countryside was beautifully shot.  Did they even think about it and plan that or does it happen because it’s such an amazing place?  Either way, I appreciated it.  I’m a big fan of movies where the location is a character.

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This is undeniably an Icelandic story.

All the little things add up.  There’s a scene out on a road, near a one lane bridge.  Many bridges in Iceland are only 1 lane, with no shoulder.  There is room for only one vehicle.  You have to look ahead and check for clearance before crossing.  When you drive across the first one, it’s a bit odd.   By the end of the day’s drive, you’ve done it 6 or 8 times and it’s old hat.  Just another piece of Iceland that makes it so unique.

One caveat though, it’s subtitled, so put down the knitting to watch.  Still, I highly recommend it.  If you’ve got Netflix, it’s worth your time!

Happy Sunday!!


 

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