In a secluded valley in Iceland, brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their prized ancestral sheep. But a long-term grudge means that they haven't spoken to each other for four decades, passing messages via the sheep dog. When a lethal ovine disease suddenly appears in the valley, the authorities move in to cull all of the livestock. But Gummi and Kiddi don't give up easily and each brother tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle, and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in the brothers will need to come together to save the sheep - and themselves - from extinction.
The bleak backdrop of Iceland had its own beauty, rather like the relationship between the two brothers, who lived side by side but hadn't spoken to each other for 30 years. There was an understated humour which we found appealing and the characterisation and plot built in a way that kept us involved throughout.
The acting was superb.
If you like small independent films that are as far removed from Hollywood as possible, see this film.
I generally enjoy movies that are different from the norm - but not this one. I should like to know who classed it as a comedy as I found it bleak and depressing beyond words. Animal lovers also need to be warned that there are some very upsetting scenes in it. Extremely disappointing movie with no redeeming qualities.
"Twelve Years A Slave" had more laughs than this. The film is slow and bleak, and has little dialogue. It is interesting as an insight into rural Iceland, but as with many independent films, it seems to run out of plot before the end. At least you can surf the web whilst watching it and not miss anything!