The Northman (2022)

The Northman
Director: Robert Eggers
Writer: Sjón, Robert Eggers
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Gustav Lindh, Elliott Rose, Willem Dafoe, Björk
Seen on: 26.4.2022

Content Note: rape

Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) only barely escaped with his life when his uncle Fjölnir (Claes Bang) murdered his brother, Amleth’s father, King Aurvandil (Ethan Hawke) and took over the kingdom. Amleth, only a boy then, had to leave his mother Gudrún (Nicole Kidman) behind, but swore to save her and take his revenge. Now he is grown up and makes his living as a viking. During a raid, he hears news from his uncle and, pretending to be a slave like Olga (Anya Taylor-Joy) and many others, lets himself be carted off to finally fulfill the promise he gave as a boy.

I was hoping for The Northman to be a bit of a bloodfest, knowing that with Eggers, I’d probably get a bit of a challenge as well. But unfortunately, mostly what I got with The Northman is darkness – and I mean that quite literally. It’s a film we barely see and that was pretty boring to boot.

The film poster showing Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) standing on a cliff, watching a fleet in the sea.
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Dýrið [Lamb] (2021)

Director: Valdimar Jóhannsson
Writer: Sjón, Valdimar Jóhannsson
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
Part of: SLASH Film Festival
Seen on: 2.10.2021

Ingvar (Hilmir Snær Guðnason) and Maria (Noomi Rapace) are sheep farmers in a rather remote location in iceland. Their lives are quiet and revolve entirely around the sheep. They have no children, but when a very special lamb is born one day, they take it into their home. It seems that the universe has given them another chance at happiness. But things aren’t quite as simple as that.

Lamb is a strange beast of a film going from horror to drama to comedy and back again. But thanks to excellent performances and great characters, it works very well indeed.

The film poster showing a painting of Maria (Noomi Rapace) cradling a lamb in a jacket, calling to mind a Madonna painting.
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