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101 Reykjavik

2000 1h 29m Comedy List
89% Tomatometer 47 Reviews 77% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Unemployed and unmotivated Hlynur (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason) is still living with his mother, Berglind (Hanna Maria Karlsdóttir), in a decidedly non-picturesque section of Reykjavik, Iceland, spending his days watching porn and wandering around the city. One drunken night Hlynur sleeps with Lola (Victoria Abril), his mother's vivacious, avowedly lesbian flamenco teacher. Soon afterwards, Berglind announces that she and Lola are lovers and that -- by the way -- Lola is pregnant. Read More Read Less
101 Reykjavik

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A funny, offbeat romantic comedy about an unlikely tryst with the beautiful Icelandic landscape as a backdrop.

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Geoff Pevere Toronto Star A times as flatly deadpan as Hylner, at others as passionately eccentric as Abril's Lola, 101 Reykjavik is at least dedicatedly unexpected. Rated: 3/4 Mar 22, 2002 Full Review Rick Groen Globe and Mail Imagine, if you dare, Ingmar Bergman as a consummate slacker with a wicked sense of pop humour. Rated: 3/4 Mar 22, 2002 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Hilynur serves as a likable antihero. Rated: 3/5 Feb 3, 2002 Full Review B. Ruby Rich The Nation 101 Reykjavík is a straightforward sort of movie, but its unabashed innocence and stylistic aplomb are wonderfully endearing. Feb 24, 2020 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 4/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 12, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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dave s Hlynur is a twenty-five-year-old man who has issues coming to terms with adulthood and has difficulty corralling his sexual impulses. When he winds up having sex with what turns out to be his mother's lesbian partner, things get complicated. The premise of 101 Reykjavik is interesting and promising, but the film unfortunately falls flat due to a weak script. The dialogue is trite and juvenile, resulting in raised eyebrows and excessive wincing instead of the intended laughs. The script also succumbs to a surplus of scenes that seem to have no clear purpose, unusual for a film that is barely eighty minutes long. For example, in one scene, a group of children target a pizza delivery man with fireworks. It doesn't create laughs, advance the story, or develop character – it is simply pointless. Victoria Abril is charming as Lola, the lesbian lover, and the locales are periodically captivating, but the film, on the whole, is a frustrating exercise in what could have been. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review nefasto r An Icelandic nihilist meets a bubby and sexual Spaniard: funny stuff happens. Amusing, entertaining and pop. I liked it Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Decent little Icelandic comedy-drama. I did not find the main character terribly likable, though. He mostly seemed whiny to me and unsympathetic, but neither was he an object of scorn. Mark this one down as "OK, though it didn't quite work for me" Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Not the worst film I've ever seen, but it gets impressively close. A film that would be completely dismissed if it had been made in the states or in the UK gets special attention and critical love simply because it depicts a city and culture not many people are familiar with. I felt like I was watching the Nordic equivalent of those junky truck stop DVD movies. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Our Daily Free Stream: 101 Reykjavik (engl. subt. + germ. subt.) Baltasar Kormakur hat sich spätestens mit Everest zu einem Genre-Profi entwickelt. Sein Debüt (auch weils um Weihnachten herum spielt) gibts heute als Stream. Eine nordische Slacker-Komödie mit spanischem Einschlag! Hlynur ist 28 Jahre alt und wohnt bei seiner Mutter. Er plant, nach seiner Arbeitslosenversicherung gleich in Rente zu gehen. Die Grenzen von Reykjavik hat er noch nie verlassen und auch sonst interessiert ihn nicht viel. Er schläft bis mittags, schaut sich Fitness-Videos als Pornos an und manchmal trifft er sich mit seiner Freundin. Zum Schlafen aber, fährt er allein nach Hause. Teilnahmslos nimmt er auch die Ankündigung der Mutter entgegen, dass ihre Freundin Lola (Victoria Abril) über Weihnachten zu Besuch kommt. Wider erwarten erregt ihn der Anblick der schönen Spanierin, die ihn zuschauen lässt, während sie duscht. Die Mutter aber eröffnet Hlynur, dass sie herausgefunden habe, lesbisch zu sein und fortan mit Lola zusammen leben wird... Das Debüt des Isländers Baltasar Kormákur bezeichnet im Titel die Postleitzahl von Reykjavik. Der Film ist eine zynische Komödie, deren Kern tragisch ist, was aber kaum auffällt aufgrund der vielen skurrilen Einfälle. Einer der Running Gags ist Hlynurs Nachbar, der ihn permanent mit dem Fernglas beobachtet. Leidenschaft weit unter Null Grad - manchmal fühlt man sich wie in einer spanischen Komödie der 80er, nur ist das Tempo bedächtiger. In Kormákurs Sex-Farce ist der Mensch jedenfalls auch jeder Zeit zu einem Coming Out bereit - letztlich aber verfällt der Held aber wieder in seinen Winterschlaf buchstäblich unter einer Schneedecke. mehr auf cinegeek.de http://cinegeek.de/101-reykjavik-dvd1933 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Dark comedy. Very dark comedy. :) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Unemployed and unmotivated Hlynur (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason) is still living with his mother, Berglind (Hanna Maria Karlsdóttir), in a decidedly non-picturesque section of Reykjavik, Iceland, spending his days watching porn and wandering around the city. One drunken night Hlynur sleeps with Lola (Victoria Abril), his mother's vivacious, avowedly lesbian flamenco teacher. Soon afterwards, Berglind announces that she and Lola are lovers and that -- by the way -- Lola is pregnant.
Director
Baltasar Kormákur
Producer
Ingvar Thordarson, Baltasar Kormákur
Screenwriter
Baltasar Kormákur
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
Icelandic
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 28, 2020
Box Office (Gross USA)
$125.1K
Runtime
1h 29m
Sound Mix
Surround