Englar Alheimsins (2000)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Ensemble Film, Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Germany , Denmark , Iceland , Norway , Sweden   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Noted Icelandic filmmaker Fridrik Thor Fridriksson directs this darkly humorous tale about a man's descent into mental disease and self-destruction. Screenwriter Einar Mar Gudmundsson adapted the script from his book about the true story of his brother. Paul (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) lives with his parents, dreams about being a painter, and struggles to court a young lass who is above his class status. Complaining of a pain "in the heart," he starts to exhibit bizarre, occasionally violent behavior -- until eventually his parents are forced to commit him. In the sanitarium, he encounters a number of colorful characters -- Vicktor (Bjorn Jorundur Fridbjornsson) thinks that he's Hitler, Peter (Hilmer Snaer Gudnason) took way too many drugs, and Oli Beatle (Baltasar Kormakur) believes that he wrote all of the Fab Four's sundry hits.



mental-breakdown, mental-institution, mental-patient