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Fiona is the manager of a fast-food restaurant. She lives comfortably with her family in the suburbs. In other words, Fiona is happy. Until the day she accidentally gets locked into a walk-in freezer. She escapes the next morning, half frozen and barely alive, only to realize that her husband and two children didn't even notice she was missing. But when Fiona develops an obsession for everything cold and icy - snow, polar bears, refrigerators, icebergs - she drops everything, climbs into a frozen goods delivery truck and leaves home. For a real iceberg.
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Utilizing concepts straight out of the Theater of the Absurd, "L'Iceberg" pokes fun at the sterility of modern life, as Fiona finally breaks free of the bonds of domesticity and goes on a quest for love and adventure. Directors Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon (who play the husband and wife in the film) have composed their film almost entirely of straight-on block shots, perfect for emphasizing the surreal spareness of the drama and setting. The lanky, bug-eyed Gordon, who looks for all the world like a cross between Frances McDormand and a stringy-haired Olive Oyl, plays Fiona with a mouth-breathing, deadpanned seriousness that enhances our empathy for the character and heightens the satirical nature of the piece.
Original in concept and bold in execution, "L'Iceberg" is irrepressibly imaginative and visually inventive in its cockeyed portrayal of the world around us.
Nothing seemed overly long or pointlessly drawn out, although I do see one reviewer's point: if you prefer action movies, or quicker TV-type pacing, perhaps this won't be so hot for you. I don't mind slower pacing if it's well thought out. Each pause or drawing out was purposeful, and made the next action more meaningful, infusing much of the movie with anticipation if not suspense. The sets were perfect, giving enough for the characters to work with but not distracting. It's believable and touching.
It's often difficult to gauge the possible MPA (Motion Picture Association of America) rating equivalent of a Not Rated film. To cover all possible viewers who may not like to be surprised, I warn you that there is some brief casual nudity in the film. Thinking of things besides the nudity that could be awkward to explain to or watch with a kid, consider the complicated interpersonal relationships and the mother leaving her family for awhile to pursue her dream. You know how mature your family is; I would give this at least a PG-13 rating if not R. It's more enjoyable to watch a movie like this if you fully understand and appreciate what's going on in the movie, and I don't think I'd have 'gotten' a lot of this when I was younger.
Shot in a theatrical, low budget way, it recalls a smaller, less ambitious and philosophical Roy Andersson.
It made me laugh out loud a couple of times, and smile a good deal. However, even at 84 minutes
it did start to drag by the end, and some of the bits started to wear thin. None-the-less, this
is a lovely, worthwhile experimental nod to Chaplin, Keaton, et al, if not quite on their level of
genius. But then, who is?
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Spoiler alert: Since I saw _The Fairy_, I love everything Abel, Gordon and Romy have done. I discover something new on every viewing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by NadineDoa
Lots of physical comedy. Kinda sweet. Nice if you're trying to learn French too.Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey Weihl
A quirky movie indeed. Fiona, a fast-food manager gets locked in the walk-in freezer overnight, her family apparently didn't notice. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patrick
Quirky, fun & entertaining movie. I enjoy watching movies from other countries, as they are imaginative and don't need all the Hollywood money to make a terrific and entertaining... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Calimom
Not for everyone, you need some time to understand the plot and laugh about it, however, overall, this is a different kind of movie that was very entertaining.Published 10 months ago by Bernard Noel
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