Rams

Film, Drama
4 out of 5 stars
Rams

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A darkly humorous drama about two Icelandic sheep farmers doesn't sound like a winner – but this is an unexpected treat

Stoic men in patterned knitwear communicate with each other through grunts and brusque gestures. But they pour affectionate sweet nothings into the woolly ears of their prized sheep. It’s hard to imagine a film more archetypally Icelandic than Rams, the tale of two feuding brothers forced to end their 40-year standoff when disaster strikes their tiny farming community.

The brothers, Gummi and Kiddi (Sigurdur Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson), nurse a grudge that is almost as old as the black mountains that loom over their squat little farmhouses. And when Kiddi’s prize ram is diagnosed with scrapie (don’t ask), his first reaction is to hit the schnapps and fire off a few potshots at his brother’s house. The more cunning of the pair, Gummi has a plan.

The humour here is almost as muted and downbeat as the colour palette of murky, half-lit greys and greens. And the score largely consists of the death throes of an asthmatic accordion. But this low-key charmer of a movie packs an unexpected emotional punch once the brothers finally manage a rapprochement of sorts. Wendy Ide

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Release details

Rated:
M
Release date:
Thursday April 7 2016
Duration:
93 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Grímur Hákonarson
Cast:
Sigurður Sigurjónsson
Theódór Júlíusson
Charlotte Bøving

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