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  • Summary: The story of Freya, a beautiful woman who returns from America in 1953 to settle down with distant relatives in a small fishing village outside Reykjavik. [Cinema Guild]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 88
    An uncommonly engaging comedy with ripe tragic undertones.
  2. It's no easy trick to invite viewers into an utterly bleak setting populated by the dissatisfied and small-minded. But a droll script and generally deft direction make the Icelandic chill surprisingly inviting.
  3. 75
    Solid acting anchors "Laughter," but it's Margret Vilhjalmsdottir and Ugla Egilsdottir as Freya and Agga who carry the load.
  4. 70
    Mr. Gudmundsson has created a sleek, light and entertaining work, with a few contrasting pockets of darkness and mystery.
  5. 67
    Funny weird and funny ha-ha go hand in hand in this small Icelandic town, apparently: It's a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Beautifully shot against Iceland's frozen landscape, the film is nearly as spellbinding as its strange heroine, whose essential mystery Gudmundsson preserves until the film's final frames.
  7. 50
    Scenically beautiful, rhythmically uneven comedy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3