Heartstone

Dir.: Gudmundur A. Gudmundsson | Denmark, Iceland 2016 | 129 min

Thor and Christian live in a remote Icelandic fishing village. They are best friends and have in common that their family lives are completely wrecked. Thor is constantly teased and humiliated by his older sisters, while his absent mother has trouble hiding her frustration at having had children. On the other hand, Christian's drunk and violent father is a bit too present and intrusive. Luckily, it is summer, the sun is shining and love is in the air. Thor is in love with Beth, one of the prettiest girls in town. And Christian discovers that he is attracted to his best friend. Feelings turn into conflicts, and when summer once again draws to a close, the two boys' otherwise so strong and tightly knit bond is hanging by a thin thread. 'Heartstone' is not just a powerful portrait of life in a small town far away from everything. It is also one of the finest debuts that the volcanic island to the north has churned out since, well, Runár Runársson's 'Volcano'. With Iceland's harsh and breathtaking nature as a backdrop, the director Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson tells a personal and heartfelt story. And demonstrates an idiosyncratic sense of capturing young people's emotional lives in a way that goes straight to the heart. Tweenage spleen has rarely been depicted so beautifully and so cruelly.

Original Title
Hjartasteinn
Title
Heartstone
Country
Denmark, Iceland
Release Year
2016
Duration
129 min.
Directors
Gudmundur A. Gudmundsson
Producer
Anton Máni Svansson, Lise Orheim Stender, Jesper Morthorst, Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson
Script
Cast
Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir
Camera
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Sound
Peter Schultz
Editor
Anne Østerud, Janus Billeskov Jansen
Production Company
SF Studios Production, Join Motion Pictures
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
3
Thrills
2
Sighs
7
Laughs
3
Look
7
Food for thought
5