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101 Reykjavík [VHS] (2001)

Hilmir Snćr Guđnason , Victoria Abril , Baltasar Kormákur  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hilmir Snćr Guđnason, Victoria Abril, Hanna María Karlsdóttir, Ţrúđur Vilhjálmsdóttir, Baltasar Kormákur
  • Directors: Baltasar Kormákur
  • Writers: Baltasar Kormákur, Hallgrímur Helgason
  • Producers: Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Ţórđarson, Magnús Viđar Sigurđsson, Markus Selin, Michael P. Aust
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Icelandic
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • VHS Release Date: April 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008973O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A young man’s sexual impulses go haywire when he discovers that the woman he has just been to bed with happens to be his mother’s lesbian lover. Set against the backdrop of Reykjavik ‘s swinging nightlife, this zany black comedy takes a candid look at its anti-hero’s compelling, confused and often hilarious sexual universe. Living on social security in the protected enviornment of his mother’s home, Hlynur has never felt the urge to venture beyond the confines of his microscopic world: 101 Reykjavik. Determined to resist adulthood at all cost, he finds out that life is busy making other plans for him.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Icelandic Slacker Movie June 10, 2005
2000 Icelandic not-rated movie. Also known as "101 ehf. kynnir" Caution: full nudity (including male, and female (and brief nudity of and older woman)), and drug use. Something of a strange love-triangle movie.

DVD Features: Contains the film (oddly, the DVD does not specific what language the film is in, though it offers English subtitles), and special features. There are three special features: 1: filmographies; 2: "Trailers from the Wellspring Libraries" (7 trailers, "Irma Vep," "Un Air De Famille," "Clockwatchers," "A Couch in New York," "Hugo Pool," "Stolen Kisses," and "Venus Beauty Institute"; and 3: "Weblinks" (2 links: 1: a website that contains an interview with the movie's director, and 2: the Wellspring website address).

Credits: The movie stars Hilmir Snćr Guđnason (Hlynur Bjorn Hafsteinsson; "The Sea"), Victoria Abril (Lola Milagros, from Spain; "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" (1990), "Robin and Marian" (1976), Hanna María Karlsdóttir (Berglind; "Agnes"), Ţrúđur Vilhjálmsdóttir (Hófí; "No Trace"), Baltasar Kormákur (Ţröstur; "Stormy Weather"), and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Marri; "Fiasco"). The writer and director is Baltasar Kormakur ("A Little Trip to Heaven") based on the novel by Hallgrimur Helgason.

Plot: Hlynur Bjorn Hafsteinsson is a adult slacker that still lives at home and is very disinterested with moving on with his life. Despite this dispirited drifting through life, he is able to have something of a relationship with a woman named Hofi, but even here he is a slacker and doesn't really care about the relationship. Things change when his mother's friend drops by (Lola; a lesbian, actually she is bi).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Iceland? Who would guess...? July 5, 2003
I mean, a movie set in Reykjavik, Iceland???
Well, it's terrific, and filled with some of the most hilarious, memorable lines ever to come from the screen. My personal favorite was: But I've never cheated on my mother before!
101 Reykjavik focuses on the life of a chronic welfare recipient who lives his depressed life with his mother in a small apartment where the bathtub is 3 feet from the kitchen table. Enter: another woman, but both mother and son want her. Sit back, laugh, and enjoy this film of urban angst and aimlessness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, funny, charming March 24, 2003
By Androo
Format:VHS Tape
Somehow, even the spaced out layabouts of Iceland are appealing in this film, set in the dark months of Reykjavik's winter. The main character, Hlynur, lives with his mother, provides the hash, does nothing. "What kind of nothing?" Hlynur's mother's girlfriend asks,and he replies, "The nothing kind."
Nothing much happens in the film either, but it's an interesting nothing, with a good soundtrack and curious images of the bleak winter streets and the bohemian cafes and bars of 101 Reykjavik. If you've been there, it's also fun to spot the places you know.
Mostly it's subtitles, but quite a bit of the film is in English. The sound quality seemed particularly good to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Nordic delivery! July 14, 2004
What do you get in a coming-of-age movie when the leading character is 30 years old?
Lets just say you get an excellent movie, where the comedy is driven by the way of life of a slacker in the small and cold town of reykjavik, iceland's biggest city. The drama and motif in the characters rise when Hilmir finds out he's just gone to bed with his mom's partner.
It's a great funny story of similar to films brought by Spanish director Almodovar, without the dramatic gloom and heavy atmosphere.
And to top it off it features and excellent music soundtrack, by Damon Albarn of Blur, which is also a great buy.
All in all, this film is definetively a must see.
Also, if you liked this film, i also recommend looking for "Noi Albinoi" (iceland), and "F***ing Amal" (sweeden).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little predictable and rushed August 18, 2005
By Jill
This movie started off really captivating, but by the middle of it I found myself no longer on the protagonist's side. I also noticed that this movie culminated in pretty formulaically, typical of a lot of other Scandinavian films I've seen. The end wasn't rewarding, and the basic plot ups and downs were similar to films like the Norwegian Elling - it was the same type of style, or so it appeared to me, in any case. The soundtrack also became pretty annoying, with more than half the songs being techno versions of the song "Lola".

High points of this film: It is technically very pretty, filmed well, and makes good use of scenery. The plot is straightforward and fun.

I just don't think this film has too much substance in it. It's good to see once but definitely isn't groundbreaking or a favorite of mine. You should give it a try, though, if you're into Iceland.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The adventures of a slacker April 21, 2004
Set in the Icelandic capital 101 REYKJAVIK follows the life of underachiever and slacker Hlynur: he's unemployed, in his 30's, and still lives at home with his mother. What's more, he has absolutely no ambitions for his life, hardly gets up before noon, and loves porn. He certainly didn't have good role models; his absent father is a drunk and his mother smokes hash with him. At first I don't have any sympathy for Hlynur, but there's something about his interactions with the other characters that kept me engaged to keep watching. There are indeed some very funny scenes that certainly made me laugh out loud. As the story progressed I couldn't help but be drawn into Hlynur's predicaments, pathetic as they seem. Though most scenes were filmed indoors the cinematography of Reykjavik and the surrounding areas was gorgeous. This film was entertaining and funny. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars SENSELESS MOVIE
Published 20 months ago by John Oliver
3.0 out of 5 stars It was nice to see Iceland but what an unlikable focus
I just finished reading 'A Hit-man's guide to Housecleaning' and I wanted to learn more about the author, Hallgrimur Helgason's, other work. Read more
Published on January 13, 2012 by G. Uhl
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
All I have to say is this movie was amazing. I loved it, so much. It's DEFINITELY a MUST see. I had an obsession with Iceland before I saw this, then after it just soared.
Published on August 2, 2010 by Nutkins1243
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun when looking for something a little different
As the title says, this is a great movie when your in the mood for something a little different from the norm. Read more
Published on September 18, 2007 by J. Wurtzler
1.0 out of 5 stars nothing i missed in iceland
i recently visted iceland and heard this movie was worth checking out from some locals. well, i purchased the movie on here, on amazon.. Read more
Published on July 5, 2007 by Danielle Sichta
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern life
A fantastically concocted farce. A fifties-clad sexually attractive, aimless, partying nerd with horn rimmed glasses and no hindsight is manhandled by his lesbian mother and her... Read more
Published on February 9, 2005 by Professor Joseph L. McCauley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little-known Icelandic film
While planning my trip to Iceland this April, I stumbled across a mention of this film and decided to check it out, mostly for the scenery of Reykjavik. Read more
Published on August 15, 2004 by Heather McDonough
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Nordic delivery!
What do you get in a coming-of-age movie when the leading character is 30 years old?
Lets just say you get an excellent movie, where the comedy is driven by the way of life of... Read more
Published on July 14, 2004 by Roger I. Camara Lemarroy
3.0 out of 5 stars nothing novel about this movie
I've seen many Foreign Films lately, and I've noticed that most of the ones I've seen are extremely simplistic, and focus the entire story on an average character and his/her daily... Read more
Published on March 21, 2004 by Lightning V
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