Living on social security in the protected environment of his mothers home, Hilmir has never felt the urge to venture beyond the confines of his neighbourhood, 101 Reykjavik, and is determined to resist adulthood at all cost. However he soon finds out that life is busy making other plans for him when he discovers that the woman he had just been to bed with happens to be his mother's lesbian lover, and may be carrying his child.
An Icelandic slacker
- 101 Reykjavik review by CP Customer
101 Reykjavík revolves around the life of 'Hlynur' a 30 year old unemployed slacker, who although a grown man who still lives with his mother, spends his time drinking, smoking, web surfing and sleeping with all the women he can get his hands on. Everything in Hlynur's life is just the way he wants it... uncomplicated; and when a friend of his mother, a Spanish flamenco instructor named Lola, comes to stay with them, Hlynur's cosy little world is shattered forever. Although labelled as a comedy the humour is typically Icelandic, very dark, dry, and full of pathos. And while the film revolves around Hlynur's life, it's also a cynical look at Reykjavik's hedonistic and liberal society. Overall, while '101 Rekjavik' isn't the best Icelandic film out there, it's still a great film with an entertaining witty story and a definitely worth a look if you're a fan of indie films.
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Unusual, bleak rites of passage.
- 101 Reykjavik review by Steve Mason
Dour, very black comedy about a directionless thirtysomething slacker who can't engage with life on any level, who is unwilling to grow up, and the dreadful northern winter that seems to freeze his soul. Well chosen and unusual soundtrack.