Movie Review – Rams (2015)

Rams, 2015.

Directed by Grímur Hákonarson.

Starring Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving, Jon Benonysson, Gunnar Jónsson, Þorleifur Einarsson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson and Rundur Ragnarsson.

Synopsis:

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, brothers Gummi and Kiddi, who haven’t spoken to each other in over 40 years, come together to protect their sheep from an outbreak of scrapie.

The farming community rejoice at the victory of Kiddi’s (Theodór Júlíusson) well-bred ram, which leaves runner-up Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) to nurse his pride elsewhere. During his retreat Gummi inspects the award-winning ram for validation of his loss, only to discover it has signs of scrapie – a fatal disease that attacks the sheep’s nervous system. Gummi alerts the authorities, which provokes a multi-decade feud with Kiddi – his brother.

Their rivalry, akin to their landscape, is cold and distant, but, like their sheep husbandry in this bleak environment, there is a mutual understanding. Because
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