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Brother Troll



Directed by Gudmund Helmsdal

Brother Troll is a story of two brothers. This drama portrays the lives of two different people who are living the Faroe Island. At the end of the film, there is tension that somehow justifies the name of the film. Some may term it as a thriller. Yes, there are moments of thrill in the movie.

The best part of this film is that it is for everyone. The story has a universal appeal. People from all sections of life can enjoy the film. The simplicity of the story makes the film approachable to everyone. Another interesting aspect of the film is that it’s not too long.

The director of the film Gudmund Helmsdal has a deep connection with the story. He grew up in Faroe Islands in the late 1970s and 80s. He had little access to cinema but he was deeply fascinated with the art of making cinema. His admiration for Kurasowa and Kubrick made him to take up the role of the director. He studied film art at the University of Copenhagen.  For the next five years, he worked in the indie scene in Sydney, Australia. After directing few short films, in 2014, he returned to Faroe Island. The two characters of the film, “Jákup” and “Pætur” played by Bui Dam and Nicolaj Falck respectively have portrayed their beastly life quite fascinatingly. The cinematography of Rógvi Rasmussen depicted the beautiful Faroe Island in a unique fashion to the people of the outside world. The film is perfectly edited by Jonas í Dali Wagner. The music of the film is extremely fresh and vibrating. Tróndur Bogasson is successful in creating a soundscape with the help of Eivar (vocals) that really transcends.

The plot of the film is very simple. Once upon a time in the Faroe Islands, two lone brothers struggle to save their fragile relationship after the sudden loss of their older brother. Trøllabeiggi, is a period film set in the late 19th century. Life in the Faroe Islands was hard. Isolated in the cold and stormy North Atlantic where the ancestors of the directors learned to live of what the sea and inhospitable mountains could provide. Religion played a huge part in people’s lives, so this in part moved me to create this fable (or religious parable one might argue) based on true events.

The moot point of this film is the comedy of errors. The comedy at the end of the film which is tragic in nature is really enthralling. The film is divided into three parts. Those three parts are uniquely connected. It is really interesting to see how the film unfolded.

I would like to give the film 4 stars out of 5. As I believe the film has been successful in astonish people with its story, especially the ending. If you just have 30 minutes then you should watch it. The film offers you to explore the world which you never knew. The ending of the story is also fascinating.


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