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Shadow of the Raven (1988)

Í skugga hrafnsins (original title)
Trausti returns to Iceland just in time to be entangled in a family feud over a stranded whale-cadaver. His mother (the family head) is mortally wounded and Grim kills Erikur; the other ... See full summary »

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Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir ...
Isold
Egill Ólafsson ...
Hjoerleifur
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Bishop
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Sigrid
Klara Íris Vigfúsdóttir ...
Sol
Helgi Skúlason ...
Grim
Johann Neumann ...
Helga Bachmann ...
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Egill
Sveinn M. Eiðsson ...
Ketill
Flosi Ólafsson ...
Erikur
Guðmunda Elíasdóttir ...
Fostra
Rúrik Haraldsson ...
Lawman
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Trausti returns to Iceland just in time to be entangled in a family feud over a stranded whale-cadaver. His mother (the family head) is mortally wounded and Grim kills Erikur; the other clan leader. Isold, daughter of Erikur now takes his place. Isold and Trausti are attracted to each other, but Isold was promised to Hjoerleifur - the son of the Bishop (of Iceland) and his powerful wife. However, Isold has a plan... Written by Staale A. Olsen <sao@idt.unit.no>

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23 October 1988 (Iceland)  »

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ISK 200,000,000 (estimated)
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Appearing as a extra in this film is what made Noomi Rapace want to be an actress. According to Rapace, some of the actors where getting tired after a long day of shooting the wedding scene and asked director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson to call it a day. When he heard this, he pointed at Rapace who was still dancing after hours of filming, and said: "Look, if that little girl can continue, then so can you!" See more »

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Trausti: [to a statue of Odin] You gave my father strength. Now you will help Jesus Christ.
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Followed by Hvíti víkingurinn (1991) See more »

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Suðurnesjamenn
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Much Better Than First Episode
23 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Compared to the first episode of the saga (although the plot has nothing to do with this one's) - it's obvious there's more budget, and that makes for much better camera work and costumes.

Also, (and although budget shouldn't have anything to do with it), now there's a plot. The same theme (revenge) is treated in a much more interesting way here. One key way in which this movie is more effective is that we get to know the character(s) before they die. We see treason. Therefore when the main character wants revenge, it doesn't seem completely gratuitous: We actually understand his motives and even root for him.

The "Christianity in Iceland" theme, which was already here in the precedent movie, is also much more interestingly developed. Trausti is a believable "convert": He professes his Christianity and he wants to believe in "Jesus Christ" but in the end he is a Norseman who (presumably) grew up with Nordic beliefs. He believes in Vengeance, he believes in Jesus Christ but isn't entirely indifferent to Odin (and for someone raised in a polytheistic faith this is only natural).

It doesn't hurt that (most of) the first movie's ridiculous synth-peruvian-flute score has been abandoned in favour of more time-appropriate medieval tunes. The camera work is also much better, with beautiful landscapes and the feeling that Iceland is bigger than *that one shore*.

All around a surprisingly good movie (even though the best Viking movie around in my opinion still is, by far, Utlaginn).


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