Rams (Hrútar)

Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, Iceland | Denmark | Norway | Poland, 93 minutes, (15)
Director – Grímur Hákonarson


Set in a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers must come together in order to save what’s dearest to them. Brothers Gummi and Kiddi haven’t spoken to each other for 40 years yet live on neighbouring sheep farms. When disease threatens the ancient lineage of their beloved rams they are forced to communicate. A naturalistic portrait of rural life, it exults in the austere beauty of the landscape and also the delicious mordant humour of the people. A touching drama which oozes humanity.


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  • Just love the pace and observations, the honest depiction of real life. One of the most powerful stories of redemption I have ever watched. Thank you.
  • Beautifully filmed, deeply sad, just carried along by bits of humour. Loved the beards and jumpers
  • Slow slow slow sheep!!!
  • Who would have thought inaction could have been so gripping? Well the storm was far from inactive! Obsession or passion? Perhaps the same. Great visuals. Sound psychology
  • Thomas Hardy type tale in the icy northern hemisphere – beautifully shot and very glad no sheep seemed to be harmed
  • Loved the story of two brothers, one common goal for the sheep. Heart wrenching, felt for them when the sheep had to die. Humour in parts. Ending of the film, my conclusion is they all died – sheep, dog and brothers but on the hand all lived happily ever after. Loved the bleakness of the scenery and how the whole film captivated you
  • Moving portrayal of relationship between brothers and impact of a disease like scrapie
  • Brilliant, evocative and so atmospheric
  • A good film spoiled by the lack of an ending
  • Realistic, superb acting
  • Powerful albeit bleak. How much it takes to reunite two brothers after 40 years
  • Fascinating; felt like the first part of a two parter. Felt real, want to go to Iceland
  • It takes sibling rivalry to its extremes very moving experience
  • Like the dog and sheep very moving
  • Very interesting story – excellent photography, slow pace added to the atmosphere – lovely music – sad end – message??? Life’s too short – keep talking!
  • A not so simple tale of two brothers told simply
  • Good dramatic cinematography. A nice story but was it a happy ending!????
  • Showed how tough life is outside the cities and towns of Iceland. Very sad film but enjoyed
  • Did they run out of money or film?
  • I wasn’t sure if it was meant to be a drama or a comedy. However I did enjoy it. The ending was quite abrupt though
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