Iceland, 2019, 92 min, Dir. Grímur Hákonarson, Not Rated, Icelandic with English subtitles, Dekanalog
"The spirit of Elia Kazan lives on in this tough community drama from Icelandic film-maker Grímur Hákonarson." —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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Set in a small Icelandic farming community, The County tells the story of Inga (a brilliant Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, in a star-making performance), a middle-aged dairy farmer who rebels against the all powerful local Cooperative following the sudden and suspicious death of her husband. Learning the true extent of both her powerlessness and her late husband’s involvement with the co-op’s schemings, she Inga tries to get other farmers to join her in rising up against the Co-op’s corruption, but encounters great resistance, forcing her to confront the community’s dependence and loyalty to this single, dominant enterprise. Inga must use her resourcefulness and cunning to break free of the Co-op’s grasp and finally live life on her own terms. The County social realist ethos recalls the best of Ken Loach and cuts deep, putting a human face on an all-too-likely conflict, along with suspense, charm, and a touch of Scandinavian zaniness.
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