Skip to main content

THE SEA

Iceland / Norway / France, 2002 (MIFF 2003, International Panorama)

Director: Baltasar Kormákur

"The Sea, like director Baltasar Kormakur's predecessor (101 Reykjavik, MIFF 2001), tells the story of a fire-and-ice showdown by spinning what we know of the family drama into a whirl of erotic redefinition.

"Hoary patriarch and self-styled autocrat Thordur summons his grown children home to the Icelandic fishing community that he helped found with decades of toil. Now, modernization and waning scruples among businessmen are pushing him out of business, forcing him to project all his hope onto his kids. Compelled to return by guilt, need or even a spiteful curiosity, his descendants and their own families are soon dragged into close quarters for the first time in years. Deep and menacing secrets abound in their history and the land of ice and snow proves a hotbed when Thordur's high-stakes game to salvage his empire slams up against his children's long-nurtured contempt.

"Kormakur's cast is at once polished and naturalistic as they insinuate decades of familial bitterness or concealed lusts with simple actions: a cryptic question or a smile that drops into a frown in the space of a heartbeat. Scintillating and chilling in equal measure, The Sea marks a decisive corroboration of its director's fiery sensibility and ardent talent."—Toronto Film Festival

See also...

101 REYKJAVIK

Hlynur considers waking up in time to masturbate to aerobic workouts on early morning TV a major achievement. A 20-something slacker with zero ambition, he has moved from child support to the dole ... More »

LITTLE TRIP TO HEAVEN, A

“A filmmaker enters Coen brothers territory at his own risk. Baltasar Kormákur crosses that border with A Little Trip to Heaven, a film with Fargo on its mind.” - Hollywood Reporter ... A finely ... More »

JAR CITY (MA15+)

“You may imagine Iceland to be a slate-gray purgatory; Jar City will outdo your most depressing fantasies.” - Time Out New YorkA murder mystery with a story that's as chilly as its ice-cold ... More »

WHITE NIGHT WEDDING

“Kormákur's most assured and ambitious film to date.” - Toronto Film Festival ... Actor-director Baltasar Kormákur (Jar City, MIFF 08) calls his modernised version of Anton Chekhov's play ... More »

IN AMERICA

Johnny and Sarah (Samantha Morton, Morvern Collar, in MIFF this year) arrive in New York from Ireland with their two young daughters, soon after the death of their infant son. Virtually penniless and ... More »

WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF

Even though broodingly handsome Wilbur is almost irresistible to women, and in fact universally adored, he attempts suicide on such a regular basis that the members of his therapy group vote him out ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director