Skip to main content

CHILDREN

Iceland, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Jaguar International Panorama)

Director: Ragnar Bragason

CHILDREN

“Reykjavik has never been shown like this before.” - Variety Shot in stylish black and white, Children is a compelling and, at times, darkly humorous look at four intertwined lives in the suburbs of Reykjavik - a single mother and her lonely son; the son's only friend, a 40 year-old schizophrenic; and the boy's father who is a suspicious thug returning for a fresh start. Their paths collide in unexpected and violent ways, an expression of the complex resonances of past actions. Filmmaker Ragnar Bragason collaborated with Icelandic theatre company Vesturport to create this realistic social drama through heavy character development and improvisation. Offering stunning performances from its cast, Children is the first of twin features by Bragason and Vesturport looking at the roles of children and parents (the second part is Parents).

D Ragnar Bragason P Gísli Orn Gardarsson, Ragnar Bragason, Kristin ólafsdottir S Ragnar Bragason and the cast WS The Works L Icelandic w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/93mins

See also...

FALLING

Playing somewhat like an updated, Austrian version of The Big Chill, Falling is the story of five women returning to their small hometown for their teacher's funeral. Having been apart for almost 14 ... More »

HOTTEST STATE, THE

“The Hottest State shines an insider's light on artists looking for love - and for themselves - in the bohemian hotbed of New York City.” - Variety Actor turned writer-director Ethan Hawke's ... More »

RESCUE DAWN

“Packs a wrenching emotional punch.” - Variety Rescue Dawn is Werner Herzog's second homage to German born, US Air Force pilot Dieter Dengler who was shot down during the Vietnam War and forced ... More »

GARDENS IN AUTUMN

“A supple, silly and visually accomplished meditation on fleeting power versus simple joys.” - Variety When Vincent, a French government minister, is ousted from his cushy position, he loses not ... More »

DOL: THE VALLEY OF TAMBOURINES

DOL: A traditional Kurdish tambourine, which is used for festivities in the Middle East, as well as for funerals. On the border of Iran and Iraq sits a small village, Balliova, which is controlled by ... More »

DARK DEER

“Inhabiting the territory between Chekhov and Strindberg, on coke.” - filmmaker Viesturs Kairiss Since 17 year-old Ria's traumatic birth, her mother hasn't spoken, living in an almost catatonic ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director