Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Iceland/Denmark/France/Norway/Germany, 2000. Blueeyes Productions, Filmhuset AS, Liberator Productions, Troika Entertainment GmbH, Zentropa Entertainments. Screenplay by Baltasar Kormakur, based on the novel by Hallgrimur Helgason. Cinematography by Peter Steuger. Produced by Baltasar Kormakur, Ingvar Þórðarson. Music by Damon Albarn, Einar Om Benediktsson. Production Design by Emil Petursson. Film Editing by Skule Eriksen, Sigvaldi J. Karason. Toronto International Film Festival 2000.
A young man in Reykjavik lives on the dole and avoids doing any real work because he feels it isn’t worth the effort. Life is pushed into overdrive, however, when he meets his mom’s new friend, a sexy Spanish flamenco teacher (Victoria Abril) with a zesty passion for life. After falling madly in love with her, he’s just a bit surprised to find out that she’s actually his mother’s lover. His obsession with her, as well as for the other incomplete aspects of his life, make up the bulk of this enjoyable comedy of bad manners. Director Baltasar Kormakur has a wonderful feel for the characters, and utilizes Abril’s adorable personality with great skill.