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This Nordic road movie contains nothing very original, apart from the bleak Icelandic landscapes, but despite the subject's over-familiarity, director Julius Kemp manages to make the pointless journey of a couple of drugged-out dropouts tolerably entertaining. It's first and foremost vid-bin fodder.

With:
Robbi ..... Pall Banine Stella ..... Thora Dungal Ulfur ..... Finnur Johannsson

This Nordic road movie contains nothing very original, apart from the bleak Icelandic landscapes, but despite the subject’s over-familiarity, director Julius Kemp manages to make the pointless journey of a couple of drugged-out dropouts tolerably entertaining. It’s first and foremost vid-bin fodder.

Stella (Thora Dungal), a beauteous 19-year-old, accompanies the stoned Robbi (Pall Banine) and his more dangerous mate Ulfur (Finnur Johannsson) when they invade a Reykjavik apartment one night. Next morning, Ulfur sends the younger pair off on a drug mission in the apartment owner’s car, but Robbi makes a mess of things and they spontaneously decide to escape Ulfur’s wrath by driving around the country.

Pic contains all the standard elements of the road movie; gradually the couple bond and become lovers. Robbi, an alcoholic, has been in rehab; Stella seems to have lived a miserable life since losing her virginity in a cinema that was screening “Demolition Man.”

The Icelandic landscape makes a visually unusual backdrop for this Americanized genre; otherwise the formula is much the same — a bit of violence , some drugs, sex, lots of loud music and a lot of driving. Luckily, Banine, with his Mohawk and brightly dyed red hair, and lovely Dungal make an attractive couple of runaways.

Pic looks terrific, with pristine camerawork by Jon Karl Helgason a major plus. The film’s odd title refers to Stella’s telephone number.

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(ROAD PIC -- ICELANDIC-DANISH)

Production: An IcelandicFilm Co./Icelandic Film Corp. production (Reykjavik)/Zentropa Entertainments (Copenhagen) co-production. (Intl. Sales: Nordisk Film Intl., Copenhagen.) Produced by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Julius Kemp, Peter Aalbaek Jensen. Directed by Julius Kemp. Screenplay, Lars Emil Arnason. Camera (color), Jon Karl Helgason; editor, Steingrimur Karlsson; music, Mani Svavarsson; production designer, Lars Emil Arnason; sound (Dolby digital stereo), Kjartan Kjartansson; assistant director, Palina Jonsdottir. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market) , May 14, 1998. Running time: 82 MIN.

With: Robbi ..... Pall Banine Stella ..... Thora Dungal Ulfur ..... Finnur Johannsson

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