Jar City

  • 15
  • Baltasar Kormakur (2006)
  • Ice / Ger / Den (SUB)
  • 90 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

After his ill-fated excursion into American noir with the muddled A Little Trip to Heaven, Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur (101 Reykjavik) is back on home turf and on surer ground with this accomplished crime drama. Based on a novel by Arnaldur Indridason, it's a multilayered story whose central theme is the murder of a reclusive old man. Ingvar E Sigurdsson stars as the grumpy detective who discovers a link to a series of crimes from years earlier, while at the same time repairing his damaged relationship with his junkie daughter (Agusta Eva Erlensdottir). Although the movie doesn't quite shake off the feeling of a small-scale TV drama (with his natty line in cardigans, Sigurdsson could be a distant relative of The Killing's Sarah Lund), Kormakur's economical direction and the strikingly bleak Icelandic vistas lift this out of the ordinary.

Plot Summary

Crime drama starring Ingvar E Sigurdsson. While investigating the murder of an elderly man, a police inspector is forced to reassess the findings of a decades-old case involving the alleged rape of a child.

Cast and crew


Inspector Erlendur
Ingvar E Sigurdsson
Eva Lind
Agusta Eva Erlendsdottir
Sigurdur Oli
Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson
Olafia Hronn Jonsdottir
Atli Rafn Sigurdson
Thorsteinn Gunnarsson
Security guard
Erlendur Eiriksson
Elma Lisa Gunnarsdottir
Rafnhildur Rosa Atladottir
Young brother
Ulfur Isfeld Rognvaldsson
Young brother
Solon Isfeld Rognvaldsson


Baltasar Kormakur

Other Information

Icelandic +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
The Works
Violence, swearing, sexual references.
Available on DVD
Released 12 Sep 2008
Certificate 15