White Night Wedding
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Best Foreign Language Film (Official Entry Iceland)
In 24 hours, forty-something professor Jon will be getting married to a student half his age. But before he can make it to the ceremony, he ll have to deal with a massive debt to his mother-in-law to-be, his extremely drunk best man, the logistics of a remote Icelandic island, an increasingly hostile reverend, and the guilt-ridden memory of his emotionally unstable first wife. Can love survive one final night under the midnight sun or is the road to happiness paved with blissful ignorance? Hilmir Snær Gudnason (101 REYKJAVÍK) stars in this internationally acclaimed comedy/drama from writer/director Baltasar Kormákur (JAR CITY) that The Calgary Herald calls a hilarious, darker version of Woody Allen or Alexander Payne. You won t see a better film this year than WHITE NIGHT WEDDING!
Top Customer Reviews
Jon is torn between his dying love for his deranged wife, Anna, and his younger, former student, Thora. For the sake of his wife's mental health, they move back from Reykjavík to Flatey Island, where a community of peculiar people live and make life for Jon interesting for us to watch yet irritating for Jon to live.
Both the photography and the acting in this film are top-notch. However, the soundtrack is a bit off-putting. For some reason, a repeating blues instrumental track plays in the background whenever the "funny" situations are presented, which, for me, was distracting from the main love triangle plot.
Set on a small island on Iceland's northern coast, it successfully reflects small town attitudes the world over.
The only flaws were in the wedding itself ( it looked as though whoever wrote the screenplay didn't know how to pull it off ) and the use of frequent flashbacks that will confuse viewers as to where they are in the timeline of the film.
Still, it is well worth seeing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had high expectations for this movie given that it was recommended to me by two other people I respect. But, I was bored by it. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by T. Simonson
Why one star? Because the cover makes it look like it's a comedy. And it isn't. It's a fairly depressing tragedy, with a couple comic moments. Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by Iguana