The Sea (2003)

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  109 min.
Release Date: May 16, 2003

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Cast: Gunnar Eyjolfsson, Hilmir Snaer Gudnason, Gudrun S. Gisladottir, Sigurdur Skulason, Hélène de Fougerolles, Kristbjörg Kjeld


The entire existence of a remote fishing village in Iceland is based upon the local fisheries, but new economic realities are slowly eroding that foundation.

The aging owners of small fishing boats are selling their fishing quotas to larger companies in other parts of the country and therefore the local processing plants have less work to offer and the community suffers. Thordur, the patriarch of the main fishing company in the village, refuses to give in.

His stand is that the benefits of greater efficiency can only come at the unacceptable cost of closing his plant and thus closing down the village. He decides to summon his three children home to run the company. Thordur’s children, however, have other ideas about the future.

They want him to sell out and although their reasons appear selfish, it becomes painfully obvious that perhaps it is not the future that worries them, but rather the tragic and dark family secrets of the past. With skeletons rattling in every closet, Thordur is forced to wage battle against his own family.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Studio: Emotion Pictures
Producer(s): Jean-François Fonlupt, Baltasar Kormákur
Screenplay: Baltasar Kormákur
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