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Aro Favourite Jar City


aka: Mýrin
Iceland 2006, 93 minutes
Dir. Baltasar Kormakur
In Icelandic with English subtitles
Rating: [M]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Suspense/Crime / Policier, Euro-Crime


Aroview: With dirt under its fingernails and ice on its breath, this forensic thriller harnesses the harsh, otherworldly elements of its Icelandic setting to maximum effect.

Arnaldur Indriðason's bestselling novel offers a detailed, dramatically satisfying narrative that follows a jaded, middle-aged detective who pursues a tenuous connection between two murders, some twenty years apart. Entirely plausible yet never simple to second-guess, the novel's strengths flourish in the hands of director Kormakur, whose powerful, impressively singular cinematic vision escapes easy comparison with the genre's usual suspects.

NZ International Film Festival 2008

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