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  • Director: Grímur Hákonarson
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 93 min.

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note.

Synopsis: In a secluded valley in Iceland, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral sheep-stock is considered one of the country’s best and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams who carry an ancient lineage. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, the entire valley comes under threat. The authorities decide to cull all the animals in the area to contain the outbreak. This is a near death sentence for the farmers, whose sheep are their main source of income, and many abandon their land. But Gummi and Kiddi don’t give up so easily – and each brother tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in, the brothers will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations, and themselves, from extinction. [Cohen Media Group]

In Translation Series

May 29 & 30 - Embrace of the Serpent

June 5 & 6 - Cemetery of Splendour

June 12 & 13 - Rams

June 19 & 20 - Sweet Bean

June 26 & 27 - The Clan

"Rams is a truly remarkable, eccentric work."
- John Bleasdale, CineVue
"Rams confirms what I have long maintained: Often the best films come from the unlikeliest places."
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"As Hakonarson’s beautifully modulated film progresses, recurring images contrast and poignantly resonate with meaning."
- Alissa Simon, Variety
"Few viewers anywhere will be immune to the movie’s charms, or the performances, notably that of Mr. Sigurjonsson, who makes Gummi a slightly mournful, enormously lovable and quixotically heroic figure."
- John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
"Switching from dour humour to humanist drama without seeming contrived, this is a masterclass in combining character and landscape that is played with deceptive poignancy by the excellent leads."
- David Parkinson, Empire
"Hakonarson observes all this with the practiced eye of a good documentarian but, in the compositions, the rigorous timing of the editing and the performances of the two leads, he lifts the material beyond the observational to a modestly accomplished work that not only neatly observes an obscure lifestyle but brings to life a most peculiar sibling relationship."
- Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter