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The Night Shift 

Næturvaktin (original title)
Three men working at a gas station in Reykjavik battle boredom, strange visitors and their own customers.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jörundur Ragnarsson ...  Daníel 12 episodes, 2007
Jón Gnarr ...  Georg 12 episodes, 2007
Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon ...  Ólafur Ragnar 12 episodes, 2007
Sara Margrét Nordahl Sara Margrét Nordahl ...  Ylfa Dís 10 episodes, 2007
Arnar Freyr Karlsson Arnar Freyr Karlsson ...  Flemming Geir 8 episodes, 2007
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Three men working at a gas station in Reykjavik battle boredom, strange visitors and their own customers.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Iceland

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Icelandic

Release Date:

16 September 2007 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Nattskiftet See more »

Filming Locations:

Reykjavík, Iceland

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Saga Film See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Embarrassing and funny
20 March 2008 | by kokakola_kadoodleSee all my reviews

This comedy about about 2 typically Icelandic characters and their Swedish caricature of a boss(complete with Leninesque hairstyle and nicely portrayed by Jón Gnarr) is the first of its kind to be made on Iceland. It's not the first Icelandic sitcom as such but it's definitely the first funny one and is even awaiting a sequel that's being filmed in a country hotel. It has a sort of embarrassing humor(like Extras but not as painfully embarrassing) and could be enjoyed by all even though some jokes will be lost on non-Icelandic viewers since they often involve cameos by real Icelandic celebrities playing themselves.

Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon does a great interpretation of a pathetic wannabe manager that will probably be stuck in a dead end job for the rest of his life.

Jón Gnarr steals every scene he is in as th evil loudmouth communist boss that has 5 university degrees but still works the night shift at a gas station. Jón should be careful not to be typecast as angry old men though. I liked him better when he was typecast as a nerd.

The star of the show is without a doubt the painfully realistic portrayal of a typical Icelandic youth by Jörundur Ragnarsson. This young man has proved himself to be the next big star in Icelandic cinema.

The young boy who plays Georgs son is also brilliant.

And I am also tremendously great as the young, Swedish hippie in the last episode and have yet to receive a call regarding a spin-off :(

Funny stuff.


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