Niceland

Niceland

Niceland

  The fact that Iceland’s small film industry is now in Europe and the world has become known for not only Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, with works such as Children of Nature (1991), Cold Fever (1995) and Angels of the Universe (has made 2000). In recent years, filmmakers like Dagur Kari (Noi the Albino, Dark Horse) and Baltasar Kormákur (have 101 Reykjavík and the Cold Lake / Hafid) on the island in the middle made aware of the North Atlantic. Even though it has in recent years has become comparatively quiet to Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, the man is still tremendously productive and they have not forgotten his craft as his latest film Niceland / Næsland demonstrates in impressive style.

Jed (Martin Compston) and Chloe (Gudrun Bjarnadottir) have much in common: They are both young, still living with their parents and live in the same drab area outside of Reykjavik. No wonder then that the two fall in love, even if their love is overshadowed by the fact – at least for their environment that Jed and Chloe are both mentally retarded. Very sweet and gentle, with a childlike innocence and naivete developed this love, is run over until one day Chloe’s beloved cat by mistake Jeds Catey – a disaster that changed everything. At a stroke puts a cloud of gloom and despair at Chloe, with the same ease with which it has previously been jubilant, it is now sad to death, and nothing can the young woman torn from her lethargy. Finally, she even falls into a coma, so much courage is all gone from her body and her spirit. But Jed did not give up and moves heaven and earth to search for that very purpose of life, is his girlfriend lost. One day, the scrap dealer Max (Gary Lewis) looks on television, announcing that he knew about the meaning of this life, it stands for Jed no question that he has found the man who can help him in his fight for Chloe’s life …

with great sensitivity and as a matter of course Fridrik Thor Fridriksson told his love story with magical and philosophical elements as a great parable about the meaning of life and as a personal tribute to his brother, who died suddenly some years ago. This was just 19 years old and suffered from Down syndrome. But how Fridriksson in his accompanying word about this wonderful and only towards the end writes something sentimental film, he is convinced that this would have a happy and rich life before him. A phrase that appears at first glance almost trite, but its implications for the second and third reading, as well as while watching the film leave a lasting impact. For me, this “crazy” love story is one of the most moving and most striking manifestations of this movie year.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Niceland Original Title: Næsland Country of production: Germany, Denmark, Iceland, United Kingdom Year of production: 2004 Length: 86 (Min) of material: Alpha Medienkontor

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