We can only hope that the cooporation between Ragnar Bragason and the theatre group Vesterport has a sequel, if only because their way of working in Parents, the second part of a thematic duet (see also Children), has blossomed dramatically and narratively. Parents, again dynamically shot in black & white by Bergsteinn Björggulfsson, continues to surprise right up to the end. Inspired by the methods of Cassavetes and Leigh, there is very convincing realism in the acting. The actors were instructed to base their characters loosely on their own lives, or on people from their surroundings, and to study the character's profession.
In Parents, less raw and probably more mature than Children, we see how three desperate characters become involved with each other. The dentist Oscar is married and has adopted children, but also wants a child of his own. When he finds out that his wife has been deceiving him for years, he decides it is time for a change. The stockbroker Einar is successful at work, but not in his private life. He has been living in a hotel for years in the expectation that his wife will regret throwing him out. And Katrin has just returned from an eight-year stay in Sweden and wants to get back the child that was brought up by her mother. She tries to start a new life and takes a job as a dental assistant, but her troubled past won't let go of her. (GT)

Director
Ragnar Bragason
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Iceland
Production Year
2007
Festival Edition
IFFR 2007
Length
90'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Foreldrar
Language
Icelandic
Producers
Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Kristin Olafsdottir
Production Companies
Vesturport, Klikk Productions
Sales
Icelandic Film Centre
Screenplay
Ragnar Bragason & cast
Cinematography
Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Editor
Sverrir Kristjánsson
Sound Design
Huldar Freyr Arnarson
Music
Petur Thor Benediktsson
Cast
Nanna Kristin Magnusdottir, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson