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The County

The County
The County
The County
The County
COMING TO CINEMAS IN 2021
The County
Stirring. This is a film about the clash of old and new, but there’s something else, too. Egilsdóttir’s excellent performance as Inga shows us a principled woman, rejuvenated by her battle against corruption: a woman who is thrilled, not just by the principled confrontation with these local bullies but the prospect of just being rid of everything.
Rousing. A quietly gripping study of moral courage. Beneath the superficial stillness – no one moves very fast in this windswept world – there’s a burning sense of injustice at work, and a lovely streak of bone-dry humour too.
Like ‘Rams’, The County blends elements of heartfelt tragedy with absurdist comedy, conjuring a humanist portrait of life in which community and loneliness coexist in a landscape of contradictions – geographical, personal, and political. Carrying the film shoulder high, Egilsdóttir does a terrific job of embodying Inga’s gradual change from stoically suffering farm owner to unstoppable force of nature, a change that catches everyone, friends and foe alike, by surprise. There’s an echo of Frances McDormand’s middle-aged antiheroine from ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ in the rebellious figure Inga becomes, although anyone who enjoyed Benedikt Erlingsson’s 2018 Icelandic hit ‘Woman at War’ may see closer ties with that film’s eco-warrior. The drama may be down to earth, but that doesn’t stop the film – or indeed its protagonist – from dreaming big, and daring to look beyond the horizon.
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Cast: Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson
Duration: 92mins
Country of Origin: Iceland
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Mature themes and coarse language
Stirring. This is a film about the clash of old and new, but there’s something else, too. Egilsdóttir’s excellent performance as Inga shows us a principled woman, rejuvenated by her battle against corruption: a woman who is thrilled, not just by the principled confrontation with these local bullies but the prospect of just being rid of everything.
Rousing. A quietly gripping study of moral courage. Beneath the superficial stillness – no one moves very fast in this windswept world – there’s a burning sense of injustice at work, and a lovely streak of bone-dry humour too.
Like ‘Rams’, The County blends elements of heartfelt tragedy with absurdist comedy, conjuring a humanist portrait of life in which community and loneliness coexist in a landscape of contradictions – geographical, personal, and political. Carrying the film shoulder high, Egilsdóttir does a terrific job of embodying Inga’s gradual change from stoically suffering farm owner to unstoppable force of nature, a change that catches everyone, friends and foe alike, by surprise. There’s an echo of Frances McDormand’s middle-aged antiheroine from ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ in the rebellious figure Inga becomes, although anyone who enjoyed Benedikt Erlingsson’s 2018 Icelandic hit ‘Woman at War’ may see closer ties with that film’s eco-warrior. The drama may be down to earth, but that doesn’t stop the film – or indeed its protagonist – from dreaming big, and daring to look beyond the horizon.

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Following the internationally celebrated, multi award-winning Rams, writer/director Grímur Hákonarson’s second feature THE COUNTY tells the story of a middle-aged widow in rural Iceland who must stand on her own two feet.

After Inga (Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir) loses her dairy farmer husband in an accident, she must find a way to become self-sufficient. She decides to start a new life on her own terms and rises up against corruption and injustice in her community.

The County
COMING TO CINEMAS IN 2021