Drama about a young boy’s passion for an older girl is at times both cute and menacing. Box office prospects are so-so, and pic seems more destined for festival exposure.
Director Hraln Gunnlaugsson, who’s previously directed three violent Viking epics, has based his new film on his own experiences as a young boy. Nine-year-old Gestur goes to live with relatives on a remote island off the Icelandic coast. Their 20-year-old daughter is pretty and not shy about taking long baths in the boy’s presence. He quickly falls in love with her.
Shot on location on a low budget, “The Sacred Mound” is a curious film. At times, it’s close to being sweet in its depiction of a young boy’s gradual sexual awakening, and at other times it’s dark and threatening, especially when depicting his furious jealousy.
Perfs by mostly unknowns are quite good, especially Alda Sigurdardottir’s as the daughter. She walks a narrow line, being part of a young boy’s fantasies, without crossing into a questionable realm.
The open nudity and fairly graphic scene of oral sex could give the film ratings — or censorship — problems in certain countries.