May 26, 2008

"NOIR FROM ANOTHER PLANET":

CASE COLD: Icelandic filmmaker delves into the ambiguity of police thrillers (Eric Kohn, 2/28/08, NY Press)

Gorgeously shot against a seaside backdrop and filled with local color, Jar City unfolds like a noir from another planet. The plot is unnecessarily dense and often difficult to follow, but this allows Kormákur to highlight the detective’s personal woes as he sees them reflected in the situation at hand. While forensic evidence piles up, Erlendur grows even closer to unraveling the greater puzzle—namely, how to keep his family together. An early scene finds a young girl dying of the incurable disease at the heart of the enigmatic plot, and the tragedy is later mirrored by Erlandur’s own estranged relationship with his daughter. Frequently in the presence of death and the despair, the cop seems to embrace the bleak environment; but that’s a vice he must curb in order to keep his world in order. The world is a chaotic place in Jar City, but its conclusion—which, predictably enough, reveals everything—suggests there’s logic within the mayhem and a strategy for defeating it.

The book are terrific, but still can't find the movie...

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 26, 2008 11:03 PM
Comments

I read the book on your recommendation and enjoyed it. I also like the sequel, but I couldn't sit through the movie when I stumbled across it on cable (IFC I think). I'd look forward to reading your review after you've seen it. I might give it another chance.

Posted by: Patrick H at May 27, 2008 11:31 AM
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