Rams (Hrútar)

Gummi loves his sheep. He hugs and cuddle them as if they were his babies. Every year he brings his best sheep and enters it in the local competition. This year Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) loses. The winning sheep belongs to his estranged brother, Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson). Gummi and Kiddi have barely spoken to each in the last forty years. Both unmarried brothers are sheep farmers and next door neighbours. They’re so close in fact that from his window Gummi can see all of Kiddi’s daily activities. Then it is discovered that Kiddi’s award-winning sheep is infected with “scrapie”, and this means slaughtering all the flocks in the county. The relationship between the two brothers worsens because it is Gummi that notified the authorities about the infected sheep. As a result, Kiddi’s drinking increases, he threatens Gummi, shoots at Gummi’s house with a riffle and refuses to co-operate with the authorities in the cleaning of his barn. As for Gummi, he managed to hide some of his prize-winning sheep in the basement. We know that someone will find out, we just don’t know when or how. Beside the breathtaking Icelandic landscape, Rams offers us a poignant portrait of the Icelandic male in all its glory. Both Gummi and Kiddi (and actors Sigurjónsson and Júlíusson) are cuddly, bearded bears who love their sheep. Do they finally reconcile after all these years? On that topic, I’ll stay quiet. I’ll just tell you that Rams is at times funny and at times tragic. It’s a very unusual film. Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams is very moving.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Rams (Hrútar)

Directed by:
Grímur Hákonarson

Screenplay by:
Grímur Hákonarson

Starring:
Sigurður Sigurjónsson
Theodór Júlíusson
Charlotte Bøving
Jon Benonysson
Gunnar Jónsson

93 min.

In Icelandic with English subtitles.

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