Hafið (The Sea) (Havet)
Hafið (The Sea) (Havet) (2002)

A family reunion staged to welcome an exiled relation turns out to be a study in tension and unpleasant feelings in this family drama. Thórdur (Gunnar Eyjólfsson) is the aging owner of a fishing business that has seen better days. Working… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 13, 2002
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

There is something willfully balanced about director- co-writer Baltasar Kormakur's vision of this imploding family.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The different tones don't always blend smoothly, but it's still a pretty compelling tale.

Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

Though there are ugly events galore, there is not an ugly frame in this entire masterpiece of a soap opera by the sea.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A subzero saga where dysfunction and distress -- and large quantities of herring -- rule.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Bad behavior, by itself, can entertain for only so long. By film's end, the laughs had disappeared and black comedy had turned into dour, pointless drama.

Stefan Birgir Stefansson

a typical icelandic drama

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Funny and entertaining ... in an Icelandic sort of way.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The potential for spiteful humor exists throughout the movie, but Kormakur keeps hooking into melodrama, and for that you need at least one sympathetic character in whom to invest.

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Kent Turner

The confrontational family dinner features archetypes that would have been at home on Dallas.

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It gets 3 stars because it had crazy Icelandic people yelling their Satan language at each other the whole time. Otherwise, it's a 2.5 star film about… More