101 Reykjavik (2001) - Synopsis

101 Reykjavik (2001)

It's easy to emphasise with adolescent apathy when it's 30 degrees below zero, nightfall at four o'clock in the afternoon, and you're knee-deep in graying snow sludge. But at 28 years old, Hylnur's a little long in the tooth to be making Nintendo, cyber porn and getting wasted his vocation.

In addition to successfully resisiting employment, adulthood and even an inkling of responsibility, Hylnur has managed to starve off any committed comingling with the opposite sex- with the exception of his mother, that is, under whose authority and dotage he still lives.

But its amazing how a boy will snap to when he's aroused. Enter Lola, a spirited Spanish Falmenco teacher and an old firned of his mother. After Lola and Hylnur share a drunken one-night stand, Hylnur is mortified to learn that Lola has been amking house calls, only she has bypassed his door in favour of his mother's

To add insult to indured astonishment the happy couple are expecting their first child.

In this off the wall ,affectionate comedy about sexual confussion and coming of age, Kormakur shares the same droll wit and ribald energy as Fridik Thor Fridiksson and Aki Kaurismaki. Featuring a wonderful soundtrack by Blur Singer Damon Albarn and former Sugarcubes memeber Einar orn Benediktsson, this is a prodigious debut: a winning slice of life tapestry that gives insight not only into its winning characters but into a unique northern youth culture.