WHALE VALLEY - GUOMUNDAR ARNAR GUOMUNDSSON (2013)

If someone were to write a formula for what might succeed at the Cannes Film Festival, then Whale Valley (Hvalfjörður) by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson would be close to the film that person made. With an opening reminiscent of the Cannes winning short film Wind (Szel), it is a grim story set in remote Denmark about a young boy whose elder brother is on the verge of hanging himself. It even has a beached whale thrown in as a memento mori. Exactly how they found a dead whale is another question (presumably they paid for one, thus supporting the whaling industry). Anyway, written and directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundssonit, the film is certainly beautifully shot, with lots of windswept landscapes, and the young actors are convincing; it's just a little too earnest for my tastes (which is perhaps one reason why I am not on the selection panel of the many festivals it played at). If you like Whale Valley by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson be sure to rate it and share it.


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