|Starring:||Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Hreindis Ylva Gardarsdottir Holm, Haraldur Ari Stefansson|
|Genres:||Drama, Gay/Lesbian, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||09 Apr 2012|
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Very GoodBy robertlondon (19 reviews) from London , 02 Apr 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I've just seen this at the LLGFF and would highly recommend it. I've never seen Skins, so I can't really make a comparison, but it's true that there are a lot of characters and storylines in this film, which is part of what makes it so much more interesting than just another coming out drama. In fact, if you are looking for a purely gay film, you might find this one too straight.
What I liked was that it was hard to see where any of the stories were going, a lot is left unsaid (forcing you to think) and the ups and downs were genuinely affecting. There were also plenty of light moments to compensate for the dark.
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Watchable and interesting.By a customer , 01 Sep 2013Very nice film, with a heart-wrenching story to tell. It is a bit cliched, but the Icelandic angle on it is very interesting.
A coming-of-age drama, not a gay filmBy Orac (8 reviews) from Cambridge , 02 Aug 2013I was disappointed because it's just another film about teenagers with problems. I was expecting a crisis of sexuality, with a light-hearted backdrop of Gabriel's friends trying to help him out, but in fact it's a very downbeat film about all of his friends trying to sort out their parental problems, with varying degrees of success. Gabriel has his own share of parent trouble too: his mother is overbearing and wants to know everything he does, which is the last thing he wants as he works out what to do about this boy he's fallen in love with. That said, although the film isn't what I was looking for, it's very well made, and would probably have a special resonance for someone who doesn't get on with their parents or who suffered a tragedy at that age.
Engaging take on teen problems.By Bazjohn (9 reviews) from Birmingham , 04 Apr 2013A good, well acted, film dealing with teenage problems. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it has an engaging storyline with lots of sub - plots. The gay aspects seemed to be lost at times, there was a lot of 'is he, isn't he?', which added to the realism.
thoughtful effortBy dissenter (2 reviews) , 06 Jan 2013A very fair effort from both script and actors to conjure up the complexities and emotional turbulence of being a teen in today's society - in this case Iceland but could be the UK or anywhere in Europe. Time constraints - and the need to develop the plot quickly mean none of the characters are really explored in depth - and perhaps the director takes on too much 'teen confusion' - with sexuality, parental abandonment , searching for a lost father, andeast european immigration all being pushed into the plot when perhaps and exploration of just the central character and why he gets 'the jitters' would have been more satisfying. having said that, the film moves at a good pace, plenty of great scenes and well worth the time to sit and enjoy, and avoided the worst of the cliches involved with 'coming out' films.
Love this filmBy Leothai (4 reviews) from London , 09 Oct 2012Simply very good act + good story no noisy in this film. Love it!
I'll watch again and again ...