Time Out says

Fridriksson’s films trade on a seductive Nordic melancholy with mildly eccentric characters – often visiting strangers – expressively filmed in hair-tousling, open landscape conducting physical and metaphorical journeys circumscribed by the limited road system of his native Iceland. For his likeable but a little ramshackle latest film (and first in English), he introduces the world-weary figure of American ex-con, Simon (played with wry dignity by Keith Carradine) who, eventually partnered with independent-minded performance-artist falcon-fosterer and force-of-nature Dúa (Margret Vilhjálmsdottir), hightails it to Germany in a desperate Wenders-esque dash for freedom with her tamed falcon. Much is predictable (the bad cop/good cops that force them off the island, the plotting), trite (the falcon as a symbol of exploitable, untamed spirit) or incredible (the ease with which they barter their ship’s passage). However, it’s always watchable, nonetheless, not least for Harald Paalgard’s elegant wide-screen camerawork, the contrasted performances of the leads and Fridriksson’s quirky observational insights and affectionate use of location.


Release details

95 mins

Cast and crew

Fridrik Thór Fridriksson
Keith Carradine
Rafi Guessous
Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir
You may also like