Swan

A coming-of-age drama that's as beautiful and brutal as the remote, rural landscape of northern Iceland where it takes place.

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The Swan

In contemporary rural Iceland, a wayward nine-year old girl, Sól, is sent to distant countryside relatives for a summer to work and to mature. Nature seems endless there, the animals soulful but the people harsh. All except the mysterious farmhand Jón, who - as Sól herself - likes words better than people. But the farmers' daughter Ásta has a claim on Jón as well, and soon Sól becomes entangled in a drama she hardly can grasp. This summer marks Sól's rite of passage into the murky waters of adulthood, and the wild nature in us all.

Genre
Drama
Runtime
91
Language
Icelandic
Director
Asa Hjorleifsdottir
Writer(s)
Asa Hjorleifsdottir
Cast
Gríma Valsdóttir, Thor Kristjansson, Þuríður Blær Jóhannsdóttir
FEATURED REVIEW
Serena Donadoni, Village Voice

Anchored by a remarkable child’s performance, 'The Swan' is a sensitive example of an overlooked element in coming-of-age films: awakening to the outside world. Nine-year-old Sól (Gríma Valsdóttir) is an insular girl, her imagination fueled by the craggy shoreline and unceasing sea that surround her ...

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