Parents (2007)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Iceland  |  
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A trio of middle-class and well-to-do Icelandic families strive for happiness against all odds in the sophomore collaboration between director Ragnar Bragason and the Vesturport acting troupe. Oskar Sveinn (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) is a kindhearted dentist married to fortysomething Erna (Jona Gudrun Jonsdottir). Though he is a loving stepfather to Erna's two sons, Oskar longs to father a child of his own with Erna despite the reluctant mother's claims that she is too old for another pregnancy. Returning to Iceland after years abroad, Oskar's new receptionist, Katrin (Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir), finds her heartfelt attempts to reconnect with estranged 11-year-old son Baldur (Petur Rognvaldsson) consistently thwarted by her sharp-tongued mother (Lilja Guthrun Thorvaldsdottir), who isn't afraid to openly criticize her daughter's questionable parenting skills. Lastly, stockbroker Einar Birgir (Vikingur Kristjansson) finds it increasingly difficult to accept the fact that his marriage to Halla (Thruthur Vilhjalmsdottir) has ended despite the fact that he has been living alone in a hotel for nearly two months.