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