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101 Reykjavík

Iceland 2000 comedy romance in Icelandic with English subtitles, 88 minutes.  MPAA Rating: Not rated (sexual content and nudity, violence and smoking).  Cast: Hilmir Snaer Gudnason, Victoria Abril, Hanna Maria Karlsdottir; Directed by Baltasar Kormakur.

The country has no trees. It’s dark most of the time, and the winters are the bleakest on Earth.

Review excerpt from the San Francisco Chronicle by Edward Guthman:
Dreamy, immature and stone-cold unemployed, Hlynur is an Icelandic slacker with a beauty of a sexual dilemma. At 28, he lives with his mom, doesn’t work and spends his evenings getting hammered in the local pub. After bedding a fiery flamenco instructor, he discovers that she’s his mother’s lesbian lover – – and may be pregnant with his child. So it goes in “101 Reykjavik,” a wonderful, cockeyed sex comedy from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur. Set in the capital city of Reykjavik, where round-the-clock summer daylight induces all forms of excess and dysfunction, this is a throwback to British comedies of the ’60s (“Billy Liar, ” “Morgan”) about over-imaginative loners at odds with reality.

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