The Seagull's Laughter (Mávahlátur)
The Seagull's Laughter (Mávahlátur) (2001)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 20, 2001
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though uneven in spots, this delightful comedy will, nevertheless, put a smile on your face.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

Lively and beautiful filmmaking.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An uncommonly engaging comedy with ripe tragic undertones.

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Eric D. Snider

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.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco 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.

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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

Writer-director Agust Gudmundsson skillfully balances romantic comedy and melodrama with a coming-of-age story and morality play.

Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

[The movie] boasts an engaging assortment of female characters and an arch sense of humor as biting as the Icelandic winds.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Some scenes drag, but Seagull's Laughter is still delightful.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The cast is a sparkling ensemble, with Vilhjálmsdóttir adept at keeping us guessing about the mercurial and complex Freya's true nature.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The performances are solid, and the film is just different enough to please open-minded audiences.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A little fun in Iceland as one of the local girls returns from America with a layer of teflon and razorblades and proceeds to shake up the locals bigtime. The… More
Randy Tippy
A fantastic dark comedy from Iceland. Beautiful Freyja, recently widowed, returns from America to compete with the local ladies for the attention and… More