Maverick production made by young American writer-director Bradley Rust Gray and his Korean producing partner So Yong Kim, in Iceland, "Salt" tells a simple story about a young woman who falls for her sister's boyfriend. Essentially a road movie, pic has a wafer-thin plot and an interesting use of locations in remote parts of the island nation.

Maverick production made by young American writer-director Bradley Rust Gray and his Korean producing partner So Yong Kim, in Iceland, “Salt” tells a simple story about a young woman who falls for her sister’s boyfriend. Essentially a road movie, pic has a wafer-thin plot and an interesting use of locations in remote parts of the island nation, but visually, with its truly annoying DV hand-held homemovie look, which at times goes beyond ugly, the film limits itself to the fest circuit, where this kind of modishness is acceptable.

Main reason to see “Salt” is the presence of Brynja Thora Gudnadottir, who plays Hildur, the sweet, freckled protagonist who works with her sister, Svava (Melkorka Huldudottir) and mother (Svava Bjornsdottir) in a small-town fish factory. When Svava moves to Reykjavik, Hildur decides to follow her, accompanied by Svava’s boyfriend, Aggi (David Orn Halldorsson), but their car breaks down miles from anywhere, and they’re forced to spend several days sharing a tent, with inevitable consequences. Winner of the Berlin fest Caligari prize for innovation, “Salt” mostly looks amateurish. Some lively songs on the soundtrack provide a welcome diversion.

Salt

Iceland

Production

A Soandbrad production, in co-production with Cut 'n Paste, with support from the Icelandic Film Foundation. (International sales: Soandbrad, Reykjavik.) Produced by So Yong Kim. Directed, written by Bradley Rust Gray.

Crew

Camera (color, DV to 35mm), Anne Misawa; editors, Bradley Rust Gray, Sigvaldi Karason. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb 15, 2003. Running time: 86 MIN.

With

Brynja Thora Gudnadottir, David Orn Halldorsson, Melkorka Huldudottir, Svava Bjornsdottir.
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