Metalhead

Ragnar Bragason:
Metalhead (Iceland, Norway, 2013)
97 min. • Icelandic • English subtitles
Age limit 12

Living a peaceful country life on an Icelandic dairy farm, Hera‚€ôs life takes a dramatic turn when her brother Baldur gets into an accident in the field. Hera‚€ôs reality is shattered and the only comfort she has are the heavy metal records, band T-shirts, and an electric guitar that her brother left behind. Ten years pass by painfully slowly with 80s heavy metal and a broken family, until there‚€ôs a new turn in Hera‚€ôs life. It comes in the form of Norwegian black metal seen on TV.

Through black metal, Hera‚€ôs life gets new content, like playing metal music to cows, arguing with the church, and a bunch of moping townspeople who are tired of Hera‚€ôs crazy antics. Her parents, who are avoiding their own grief, can‚€ôt control their daughter who is high on daddy‚€ôs moonshine, and those around her have a hard time understanding the girl hiding underneath a mask of corpse paint. It gets worse before it gets better.

There is a slew of black metal clich√©s in Ragnar Bragason‚€ôs film as well as brilliant depiction of the period. Icelandic crude, black humor goes down well with Finnish viewers and the impressive scenery of Iceland offers a grand backdrop for the story. Despite the humor, Metalhead is not a comedy. The distance between laughter and tears is short and the atmosphere changes quickly from one to the other. The soundtrack is near perfect, which is not a surprise since it consists of Megadeth, Judas Priest, Diamond Head, Savatage Lizzy Borden, and Riot.

Here‚€ôs a movie gem for you, no matter if you like good movies, good music, or both!



See also:

» Antti Haase: Monsterimies
» Don Argott: Lamb of God: As the Palaces Burn
» Lenny Abrahamson: Frank
» Antti Haase: Monsterimies
» Don Argott: Lamb of God: As the Palaces Burn
» Lenny Abrahamson: Frank


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Ragnar Bragason: Metalhead

Ragnar Bragason: Metalhead

Screening time:
Tapio 3 • Sat 15th Nov at 5:15pm

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