Rent The County (2020)

3.3 of 5 from 86 ratings
1h 29min
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Synopsis:
Inga runs a dairy farm with her husband in a remote valley of Iceland where they work long hours for a tight income due to their buyers, a money-grubbing monopoly known as the co-op. However, when Inga's husband tragically dies she learns her debts are even greater than she thought and takes it upon herself not to repay them but to expose the co-op's greed and corruption by any means necessary.
Actors:
, , , , , , , Hafdís Helga Helgadóttir, , , , , , Rakel Ýr Stefánsdóttir, , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Grímar Jónsson
Writers:
Grímur Hákonarson
Aka:
Héraðið
Studio:
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Countries:
Iceland, Top 100 Films, Comedy, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/08/2020
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
Icelandic
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (8) of The County

Low-key but highly watchable David vs Goliath drama - The County review by PD

Spoiler Alert
11/09/2020

In this low-key piece, hard-working Inga (Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir) courageously sacrifices her livelihood to speak out against the corruption and injustice at work in her community. As with writer-director Grímur Hákonarson’s previous film “Rams,” it probes a deeply rooted rural culture that is closely connected to the Icelandic national spirit, while championing traditional Icelandic values over the exploitative underside of capitalism. The film is also pleasingly full of feisty female energy and imagery as Inga, in David v Goliath fashion, takes on scheming co-op boss Eyjólfur and his heavy-set enforcer Leifur.

Once again showing a keen eye for detail, Hákonarson naturalistically presents the rigours of farm work, the plainness of his solitary protagonists’ lives and their affection for their cows. Spot-on production design by Bjarni Massi Sigurbjornsson supplies comfortable, lived-in interiors for the dairy farmers that look as if they haven’t changed since the 1940s, but which present a marked contrast to the classy open rooms and art of Eyjólfur’s water-view home and his stable of expensive horses. In her first leading film role, Egilsdóttir makes Inga a sympathetic and convincing earth mother - one early shot of the film is her helping a cow to calf; but she also knows how to use a gun and operate the big rigs. Meanwhile, her antagonists are not reduced to pantomime villains, although perhaps more could have done been to present the 'case against' as it were. Highly watchable.

5 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

It's a Hard Life on an Icelandic Dairy Farm - The County review by PhilipC

Spoiler Alert
08/09/2020

There have been some great films coming out of Iceland recently (Rams, Woman at War, and now The County). This portrays a very tough life in real detail. No glamour, but a very real depth of feeling. I loved this film and could really believe in the characters, especially Inga. It really does draw you in and is very though provoking. Definitely one to watch.

4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Love it or loathe it - The County review by CS

Spoiler Alert
02/09/2020

Wasn't sure about this movie but glad I stuck with it. Bit slow in parts but storyline and acting good. Determined lead which dominated

the story with a no guess ending. Quite watchable and passed the time.

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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