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Heartstone (2016)

Hjartasteinn (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 28 December 2016 (Iceland)
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In a fishing village in Iceland, a boy develops feelings for his best friend as his best friend pursues his affections for a girl.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Baldur Einarsson Baldur Einarsson ... Þór
Blær Hinriksson Blær Hinriksson ... Kristján
Diljá Valsdóttir Diljá Valsdóttir ... Beta
Katla Njálsdóttir Katla Njálsdóttir ... Hanna
Jónína Þórdís Karlsdóttir Jónína Þórdís Karlsdóttir ... Rakel
Rán Ragnarsdóttir Rán Ragnarsdóttir ... Hafdís
Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir ... Hulda, Þór's Mother
Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson ... Sigurður, Kristján's Father
Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir ... Þórdís, Kristján's Mother
Søren Malling ... Sven
Gunnar Jónsson ... Ásgeir
Daniel Hans Erlendsson Daniel Hans Erlendsson ... Haukur
Theodór Pálsson Theodór Pálsson ... Mangi
Sveinn Sigurbjörnsson Sveinn Sigurbjörnsson ... Guðjón
Árni Friðriksson Árni Friðriksson ... Beth's father
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A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it's time to leave the playground and face adulthood. Written by SF Studios

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Iceland | Denmark

Language:

Icelandic

Release Date:

28 December 2016 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Heartstone See more »

Filming Locations:

Dyrhóaey, Iceland See more »

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$361,878
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The cast for the youth roles took part in a 8-month acting training prior the filming. See more »

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Flugufrelsarinn
Written by Sigur Rós
Performed by Sigur Rós
Courtesy of KRUNK Records
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Not the usual coming-of-age problems, instead showing some other interesting topics develop
14 March 2017 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Seen at the Film Fest Ghent 2016 (website: filmfestival.be/en). Despite earlier resolutions to never see coming-of-age movies again, I booked tickets for this one as it looked different, and it indeed was different too. Of course, the usual pubertal problems were not avoided, but did not stay in the foreground too much, thereby not overwhelming the real issues this movie was about, as outlined in the IMDb synopsis, plus some other interesting topics as an extra freebie.

The total running time of over 2 hours is well spent, and is really needed to explore the relevant topics and the insides of the main protagonists. Part of the time is devoted to related problems in the environment of the two young men. One example is Thor's divorced mother, also Christian's parents as a second example, each with their own set of problems. All this combines nicely together in the main story line, taking care of a welcome deviation from the central theme that some may consider not heavy enough to stand on its own feet. Thor's sister as well as the two young women who are the obvious candidate partners for Thor and Christian, have their own useful role, yet are a bit sidelined in the overall story.

All in all, it is obvious that Thor and Christian are the main protagonists, who succeed very well in carrying the full story from A to Z. Apart from aforementioned threesome girls (Thorn's sister plus two) being portrayed a bit too stereotypical, the rest of the cast performs very well in their respective roles, be it large or small. All of them act believably and none are cardboard characters. And finally, can we deem Island's nature to be an additional protagonist, perfectly casted and playing very naturally??


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