Benedikt Erlingson, Iceland/Germany/Norway, 2013, 81 minutes R13 sex scenes, offensive language, content may disturb.
Benedikt Erlingsson's astonishing directorial debut weaves together a half dozen disparate stories involving beautiful horses and mostly unlucky humans in and near a modern Icelandic small town. It's a horsey movie like no other, each surprising tale marked to various degrees by black comedy, cruel fate, very earthy humor, and hints of the fantastical.
Nature being a harsh mistress, some events here are rather shocking or tragic - those who automatically despise any film in which animals come to harm (only in dramatic terms, of course) had best stay clear. But less delicate souls may well find this unique equine-themed mix of folk art and fable exhilaratingly original. - Dennis Harvey, San Francisco Bay Guardian