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Monday, August 25, 2008
A clip from "Jar City (Myrin)" by Baltasar Kormakur


I watched this film by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur recently and really enjoyed it. Set in Reykavik, it's a really nice twist on the cop thriller. Yes, Inspector Erlendur the main protagonist is a grizzled, cigarette-smoking cop but he also wears cardigans and eats sheep's heads for dinner.

The plot goes something like this: When an elderly man is found murdered in his flat, Erlendur and his team find a photograph of a young girl's grave. It opens a very cold case leading Erlendur along a trail of unusual forensic evidence, uncovering secrets that are much larger than the murder of an old man and actually concern the genetic bloodline of the entire country.

The screenplay is based on the novel "Myrin" by Arnaldur Indridason, who won the Scandinavian crime writers Glass Key Award in 2002.

Kormakur (who first hit the international movie scene with "101 Reykavik" in 2000) is smart enough to know how astonishing the Icelandic landscape is, and the film is full of beautiful shots of the snow-dusted volcanic mesas that surround Reykavik and the desolate, windswept countryside.

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