"Rams is a gorgeous, tender and unexpectedly moving film about the most unlikely of subjects: sheep farming in the northern valleys of Iceland." - Times [UK]

Winner - Cannes Film Fest - Un Certain Regard Award

“Gummi and Kiddi live next door to each other in a secluded Icelandic valley. Both are sheep farmers, but neither has spoken to the other for four decades, despite their being brothers. Then comes a suspected outbreak of scrapie, a fatal degenerative disease that affects the nervous system of sheep and goats.

“Rams is as curiously captivating as the bleak landscape in which the two protagonists site themselves. The brothers choose to communicate through letter writing, with notes shuttled to the other via Kiddi’s sheepdog – except on one occasion when a shotgun is deemed a more appropriate method. Writer-director Grímur Hákonarson doesn’t even milk the ready laughs you might expect of this potentially darkly comic scenario: the humour that remains feels bone-dry.

“It’s Gummi who carries most of what action there is, and he is handsomely played by Sigurður Sigurjónsson, who looks very much like one of this prized rams. He appears to be the more sympathetic of the pair, at one point grappling the near-frozen body of his drunken brother out of the snow and into a bath, thereby no doubt saving his life.

“The twist in the plot is that Gummi might really be the more troublesome neighbour, and in this realisation comes the point at which the brothers rediscovers what it is that binds them: the livestock and the land, and the centuries of weathered knowledge and meaning that comes with that. In driving at such essentials in a brutal fashion that still amuses, Rams feels of a piece with any 13th-century Icelandic saga, and makes engaging viewing.” - The Guardian


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