TIFF 2017 Movie Review: THE SWAN (SVANURRIN) (ICELAND 2017) ***

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

Svanurinn Poster
A nine-year-old girl is sent to a country farm in Iceland to serve her probation for shoplifting. The girl finds a kind of freedom by submitting to the inevitable restraints and suffering of remote rural life.

Director:

Asa Hjorleifsdottir (as Ása Helga Hjörleifsdótirr)

Writers:

Guðbergur Bergsson (novel), Asa Hjorleifsdottir (as Ása Helga Hjörleifsdótirr)

Stars:

Ingvar Eggert SigurðssonThor Kristjansson,Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir

Poor nine-year old Sól (Grima Valsdóttir). She is not having it too good. Sol is sent to live with her aunt in rural Iceland as a punishment for shoplifting and her parents are splitting.

She does not like it at the farm, as in her own words, the place is old and smells weird. Adapted from Guðbergur Bergsson’s celebrated novel, Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir’s film is told from Sol’s point of view.

She is also told by the aunt’s daughter, Asta that there is a swan by the lake in the mountains that will lead people to drown. She also meets a local farmhand.

THE SWAN is a coming-of-age stry of Sol who discovers the more complicated life of adults. A slow moving film that allows the audience to feel with young Sol and to experience the slow but no less dramatic lifestyle at the farm.

THE SWAN is a portion of Sol’s coming-of-age, reflected in the maturity of Iceland.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL3FzFMbdE8
 

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