Eins Og Skepnan Deyr (1986)

Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Iceland  |  
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In a drama filled with symbolism about the relationship between men and beasts (in this case reindeer), Helgi (played by Trostur Gennarsson) is a young writer with a problem. He and his girlfriend settle near a fjord in a remote area, where he should be able to pursue his craft without being disturbed. But he continually obsesses about the fact he was abandoned by his mother as a child -- she left him to take up with a man who specialized in reindeer research. Consequently, Helgi often dreams about herds of reindeer. As the writer's mind wraps around his childhood trauma, he comes to identify the man who stole his mother away with a particular reindeer. After that blurry conflation, he slips deeper into his odd psychosis.