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Mýrin (Jar City)2006

Mýrin (Jar City) (2006)

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Critic Consensus: A sublimely directed thriller, Jar City combines murder mystery, family drama and ample bits of Icelandic culture into a fascinating cinematic experience.

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In 1974, a young Icelandic girl met a grim fate at the hands of a murderer -- and the crime was never solved. So begins celebrated director Baltasar Kormákur's procedural thriller Jar City (or Mýrin), adapted from Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridason's 2000 best-seller, Tainted Blood. In the present day, the jaded and exhausted detective Erlendur (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) begins to investigate a link between that notorious unsolved crime and the homicide of a local thug, Holberg (Thorsteinn Gunnarsson). Erlendur also struggles in his private life with an overwhelming problem: the drug addiction of his own pregnant daughter, Eva Lind (Agusta Eva Erlendsdottir). Meanwhile, Örn (Atli Rafn Sigurdarson), an employee at a DNA-mapping lab, reels from the death of his own daughter, who suffered from a brain tumor. In time, the two men's lives will intersect in a myriad of ways that neither can even begin to foresee -- and the motivation for Holberg's original crime will become resoundingly clear. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Mýrin (Jar City)

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (19)

Kormákur, who made the highly original 101 Reykjavik, is clearly saying something pessimistic about his homeland and, as a film-maker, has the means to do so to some effect.

September 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

A disturbing, bleak, multilayered mystery that will not just worm under your flesh but also wriggle inside your nightmares.

September 12, 2008

The burden of this Icelandic procedural thriller will put a chill in your bones, if the lugubrious, wind-whipped coastal setting hasn't done already.

September 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The disinterring of corpses makes this film almost too ghoulish for its own good, but Iceland's top director Baltasar Kormákur wraps it up in his distinctive frostbitten style.

September 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's an intriguing puzzle that held me gripped until the very end.

September 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a terrific piece of direction from Kormákur. Everything, from the look of the film, to the brilliantly unsettling use of food as a recurring motif, is judged perfectly.

September 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Mýrin (Jar City)

.Awesome Icelandic film, with English subtitles. About a murder case that opens past cases and the disappearances of others. Over all a good thriller. Enjoyed seeing the many different parts of Iceland I remember from living there for 3 years. Story line and film worth 5 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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½

An intense thriller that scores low on acting of one of the significant characters, and suffers a bit due to it. Otherwise, it's a well-packed product worth a watch.

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½

Twisty Icelandic who dunnit added extra flavour by its unusual setting (stark, bleak landscapes) and culture ( takeaway sheep's head !). Unusual context is let down by an overly familiar core plot.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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