The Deep (12a)
Based on a true story, this is a gripping tale of how an Icelandic sailor survives the capsizing of his fishing trawler. The psychology of survival is demonstrated in imaginative ways. The flashback scenes of what happened in the seaside town before the incident enhance the story.
The choice of greyish tones and the weather-beaten look of the boats add to the gravity of the tale as well as the impersonal and cold scientific team that handles the enquiry. We are reminded of the simple but dangerous lives that many people have to live. They do so with dignity.
A short, simple yet powerful film that will stay with you long after you have left the screening.
Cast: Olafur Darri Olafsson, Stefan Hallur Stefansson, Johann G. Johannsson
Awards: Eleven wins, seven nominations.
Baltasar Kormákur | Iceland | 2012 | 95 mins | 12a