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A White, White Day

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2019
  • Hlynur Palmason
  • 108 mins
  • 15

Summary

Drama starring Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson. Following the sudden death of his wife, rural Icelandic police chief Ingimundur reluctantly starts to attend therapy sessions. When he discovers what appears to be evidence of her infidelity, his emotions spiral out of control.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Facing up to the grief of losing his wife proves difficult for a middle-aged grandfather in this gnarly Icelandic tale of rage and regeneration. Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson is a remarkably imposing presence in the central role. A surly, taciturn type, he reacts to his bereavement - the result of a fogbound car accident on a local road - by throwing himself into a house construction project. Until, that is, he uncovers a distressing secret about his late spouse, and his emotions boil out of control. The rugged surrounding landscapes lend an elemental quality to the escalating drama, which is staged in some remarkable single-take scenes, notably when Sigurdsson loses it during a home-computer video call. Yet, for all the white-knuckle intensity, there's still an abiding sense of a fierce but necessary healing process in progress, and the hope of redemption in the midst of the carnage keeps us compelled. A bracing, yet ultimately humane accomplishment, A White, White Day marks writer/director Hlynur Palmason as a name to watch.

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Credits

Cast

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IngimundurIngvar E Sigurdsson
SalkaIda Mekkin Hlynsdottir
OlgeirHilmir Snaer Gudnason
Ingimundur's wifeSara Dogg Asgeirsdottir
TraustiBjorn Ingi Hilmarsson
ElinElma Stefania Agustsdottir
StefanHaraldur Stefansson
IngibjorgLaufey Eliasdottir

Crew

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DirectorHlynur Palmason

Details

Theatrical distributor
Peccadillo/Curzon
Released on
2020-07-03
Languages
Icelandic
Guidance
Violence, swearing, a sex scene, nudity.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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