Mávahlátur

Mávahlátur

The seagull's laughter

DVD - 2005 | Icelandic
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It is 1953, and Freya, who had gone to America as an officer's bride, has returned home to begin a new life. She moves into a small house of distant relatives in a quite fishing village in Iceland. But unlike the drab, plump girl who went abroad, Freya, now in her twenties, is a beautiful woman. She is somewhat of a mystery woman of the household, especially to the men of the community. But soon strange things begin to happen in their community. Is Freya a murderess or a goddess of love?
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Home Vision Entertainment, [2005]
ISBN: 9780780029675
0780029674
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Se
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated
Alternative Title: Seagull's laughter

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Nursebob
Jun 20, 2017

Director Ágúst Gudmundsson’s screen adaptation of Kristin Marja Baldursdóttir’s novel is a devilishly black comedy pitting elements of Norse mythology and nascent feminism against a backdrop of domestic abuse and adulterous husbands. Delightfully deadpan in the way it tackles social maladies of the time (is every man in the village a drunken cheat and every woman a victim of one form or another?) with the vaguely ethereal Freyja upsetting the established order by empowering the women, bewildering the men, and in a telling final jab setting her maliciously precocious cousin Agga on a brand new path. Droll Scandinavian satire served up cold as ice and dry as old bones.

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uncommonreader
Feb 24, 2016

A slim story about a woman returning to her Icelandic village from America. In the end, I feels she will own the village.

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BertBailey
Jun 06, 2013

Marvelous little comedy/drama about what happens upon the return of Freja (Margret Vilhjalmsdottir) from the US to her Icelandic hometown. Sorry things happen to those who cross her, and with the family-coven that takes her in... well, why spoil it. Set in an Icelandic fjord village-port, but really in a world that's largely dominated by women. Freya, the main character, is possibly a witch and quite certainly a bitch - er, sorry: a force to contend with - but in any case this is told from the child's perspective. Ugla Egilsdotti plays the 11-yr-old Agga, a complex role; she ultimately must decide whether to be loyal either to what is right and fair or to her kind: women. Especially promising as an actress. A ladies' flick throughout, though there's enough misogyny here to keep most any healthy male a-giggle. Witty, unusual and ironic throughout, this is a low-budget film from a small, not well-known country, but disproportionately well worth watching.

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GuyN
Jul 22, 2010

Iceland, 1950s, a young woman returns from America where she was recently widowed to a small village. Boorish men disappear, women discover a new attitude and recent fashions while learning to stand together... My lady would probably give this the fourth star. Iceland is kind of bleak, and my memories of the film are in black and white. This might be a women's film with a chick flick fillip to it. Quirky.

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