Friday, 21 November 2008

The Seagull's Laughter


I am always on the hunt for an engaging movie and I spotted this one at the library. Now, I must admit that I am not a fan of subtitled films, probably because I rarely sit and watch t.v. without a craft project in progress and I cannot have busy hands when I have to stare at the screen.

The Seagull's Laughter is in its original Icelandic and tells the tale of Freya, who left her native country when she married an American serviceman and returns in 1953 as a widow. She moves in with distant relatives who find her something of a mystery; especially 11 year-old Agga. She attracts a lot of attention from the men of the town as she vamps around in her fancy and impressive wardrobe of clothes.

The film is based on the Icelandic sagas of strong-willed females and the result is engaging and funny. It is quite a while since I have enjoyed a foreign film as much as this one. If you are looking for something a little different, this could be the movie for you.