Jar City

Jar City

Baltasar Kormakur (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Premiere. A detective struggles to uncover the truth when a connection emerges between the murder of a criminal and an unsolved crime from 30 years earlier. As he pieces together his findings, he also faces a problem in his personal life in the form of his pregnant junkie daughter. Thriller, starring Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson, Agusta Eva Erlendsdottir and Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson. In Icelandic.

Cast & Crew

Inspector Erlendur Ingvar E Sigurdsson
Eva Lind Agusta Eva Erlendsdottir
Sigurdur Oli Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson
Elinborg Olafia Hronn Jonsdottir
Orn Atli Rafn Sigurdson
Holberg Thorsteinn Gunnarsson
Security guard Erlendur Eiriksson
Gunnur Elma Lisa Gunnarsdottir
Kola Rafnhildur Rosa Atladottir
Young brother Ulfur Isfeld Rognvaldsson
Young brother Solon Isfeld Rognvaldsson
Director Baltasar Kormakur
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Other Information

Language: Icelandic +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: The WorksGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVDReleased on: 12 Sep 2008