Original Title: Hrútar
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
RAMS (English Subtitled)
The Iceland National Team was founded in 1912 and played their first FIFA recognized match in 1946, losing 3-0 to Denmark.
After all those years, Iceland only found success very recently, qualifying to the Euro 2016 and reaching quarterfinals and qualifying for their first World Cup with the number one spot in their group.
Iceland was the sensation of Euro 2016, elimination England in the round of 16 and reaching quarterfinals against the host France and also because of the “Viking Clap”, a gesture copied by supporters from all over the world.
We can consider Everton’s Gylfi Sigurðsson as the star player for Iceland, a midfielder who was called up while still recovering from an injury.
Talking about an injury, Kolbeinn Sigþórsson, a Nantes’ striker, was left out of the World Cup list due to an injury. Sigþósson is the second top scorer in Iceland’s history with 22 goals.
To be honest, the Group D is the one I found greater difficulty predicting who can reach the knockout stage beside Argentina, but I think it might be between Iceland and Croatia.
The least we can expect from Iceland is great fan support like in the Euro, so watch their games worth the effort anyway.
Rams was directed Grímur Hákonarson by tells the story of two brothers living in the same farm, not talking to each other for 40 years, when a sheep disease (scrapie) strikes the region and all sheep must be slaughtered.
I have on my watchlist more than 400 titles, and in the past, I had more than 500, lots of these films (and series) are there for many years. In the middle of these neglected movies: Rams (or Hrútar), in the list for more than three years, I guess.
I don’t even know what brought my attention to Rams, but when I was looking for some Icelandic film and spotted it forgotten in my watchlist for such a long time, I knew it was the one.
Comparing with films I already reviewed, there are some similarities with Leviathan, at least in the aesthetics and in the melancholic tone, but I would say that the central themes are quite different.
I can say that liked Rams as much as Leviathan, and I never thought I would feel so much for the fictional lives of sheep and rams.
Another day, another movie I enjoyed in the World Cup Special. I swear the next one will be boring as fuck, but right now, we have a good one to talk about.
Rams is a sad and melancholic drama, the time of film you watch and feel miserable during and after watching it. However, I found the first act quite funny and even had to check if really was a drama or was actually a comedy.
The brothers Gummi and Kiddi are played by Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson respectively. We follow the protagonist, Gummi, and his close relationship with his sheep and very far relationship with his brother Kiddi.
The only way they communicate with each other is through notes delivered by the farm dog Sórni (Panda). We can make a point that the sole fact that they don’t talk to each other for 40 years shows that they are very stubborn.
The score is absolutely perfect, melancholic matching with the tone of the movie and the desolation of the setting. We can say the same thing about the cinematography, concluding the film in a perfect symphony.
The film is short, with only one hour and 33 minutes and a very clear three-act structure. A good length, more than that would be boring, and I can even see that some less patient people may find the movie boring anyway because of the movie slow pace nature.
Summarizing my perspective, the acting is very solid, the cinematography and score are marvelous, have a good length and made feel for sheep. All those qualities overweight the lack of action and for this, I give it 9 Moons.
I couldn’t let these images out, so little gallery: