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Falcons Review

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A suicidal man in Iceland finds a new lease of life when he discovers a woman he believes to be his long-lost daughter. When she gets in trouble with the police, they flee the country carrying with them a rare and valuable Icelandic falcon.

★★★★★

A touch of irony would have gone a long way to relieving the haphazard progress of ex-con Keith Carradine and left-field artist Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, as they're forced to flee to Germany in possession of a valuable Icelandic falcon.

Proceedings open promisingly, however, with Harald Paalgard capturing the bleak beauty of the remote landscape, as the suicidal Carradine arrives from the States to visit his family. But a confrontation with cop Ingvar E. Sigurdsson signals the start of a series of increasingly unlikely episodes that culminates in a showdown with a petty Hamburg mobster.

With Carradine woefully aimless and Vilhjálmsdóttir wilfully scatty, the central pairing is decidedly unsympathetic and, consequently, their fate has little impact.

Lacking the quirky humour of the excellent Cold Fever, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's road movie takes itself far too seriously for a story so heavily reliant on contrivance.