Rent Rams (2015)

3.6 of 5 from 382 ratings
1h 29min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
, , , Jon Benonysson, , Þorleifur Einarsson, , , , , Ólafur Ólafsson, Jenný Lára Arnórsdóttir, Guðrún Sveinbjörnsdóttir, , Anna Sæunn Ólafsdóttir, Sigurlína Tryggvadóttir
Directors:
Producers:
Grímar Jónsson
Writers:
Grímur Hákonarson
Aka:
Hrútar
Studio:
Soda Pictures
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Iceland, Top 100 Films, Drama
Awards:

2015 Cannes Un Certian Regard

BBFC:
Release Date:
30/05/2016
Run Time:
89 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Icelandic
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • BFI Q&A with director Grímur Häkonarson (30 mins)
  • Short Film "Wrestling" (2007, 20 mins) Directed by Grímur Häkonarson
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/05/2016
Run Time:
93 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Icelandic
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • BFI Q&A with director Grímur Häkonarson (30 mins)
  • Short Film "Wrestling" (2007, 20 mins) Directed by Grímur Häkonarson

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Reviews (9) of Rams

Bleak, unfunny, ovine, Icelandic, alleged 'comedy'. - Rams review by PV

Spoiler Alert

Well, if this is a 'comedy', I'm a Greenland shark! Not one laugh from this little film about 2 squabbling brothers.

It's basically all set in irredeemably bleak Iceland (this is the 2nd Icelandic film I have seen - the first, 'Of Horses and Men' was equally dour and bleak, but better overall).

And it's all about sheep and scrapie, with flocks being destroyed etc.

I like little independent films and would like to give it more, but even at its short length, I was clock-watching after the half-way point. So 2 stars.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Subtle and moving - Rams review by RB

Spoiler Alert

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.

Strongly recommended.

6 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

This is a comedy? - Rams review by RS

Spoiler Alert

"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!

0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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