The Seagull's Laughter (Mávahlátur)
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The Seagull's Laughter (Mávahlátur)
Agust Gudmundsson's Mavahlatur (The Seagull's Laughter) is a comedy/drama about a woman who comes to an Icelandic town. Freja (Margret Vilhjalmsdottir) arrives in the town claiming that her husband has passed away. She moves in with some extended family members, including her eleven year-old cousin Agga (Ugla Egilsdottir). Freyja rekindles a romance with the financially secure Bjorm (Heino Ferch), and manipulates him into a relationship. Bjorn's mother turns out to be more than Freyja could handle. The Seagull's Laughter competed at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lively and beautiful filmmaking."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"An uncommonly engaging comedy with ripe tragic undertones."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film captures the quaintness of provincial life with humor and drama, deftly mixing in feminism, too, in a way that is subtly funny and even a little disturbing."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Vilhjálmsdóttir is a superb femme fatale ... Freya eventually becomes a symbol of empowerment and impending change, a symbol that transcends good and evil."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"The most interesting thing about the film -- apart from two smashing performances from Vilhjálmsdottir and Egilsdóttir -- is the glimpse it provides into 1950s Iceland."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Seagull often is on the verge of melodrama, but in the best sense of the genre, where real life is exaggerated but never to the point of being unrecognizable."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Writer-director Agust Gudmundsson skillfully balances romantic comedy and melodrama with a coming-of-age story and morality play."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"[The movie] boasts an engaging assortment of female characters and an arch sense of humor as biting as the Icelandic winds."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A solid example of why foreign film lovers adore foreign films."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"An uncommonly engaging tale of tradition, change and growth in a strangely haunting locale...its stylishness carries the film over most of the rough spots."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Some scenes drag, but Seagull's Laughter is still delightful."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"The cast is a sparkling ensemble, with Vilhjálmsdóttir adept at keeping us guessing about the mercurial and complex Freya's true nature."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The performances are solid, and the film is just different enough to please open-minded audiences."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"As long as Egilsdóttir is on screen, the film is a small but satisfying delight."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"An awkwardly told story steeped in attitudes toward stereotypes with an annoying portrayal of a little girl's obsessed dedication to betray trust and affection."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
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