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The Homecoming

A smug self-help author gets the surprise of his life when his grown son brings home his fiancee—who happens to be the illegitimate daughter the author abandoned at her birth. Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, who wrote and directed this Icelandic feature, moves unpredictably between dark comedy and straight-faced melodrama, though the comic passages aren't all that funny and the dramatic parts aren't very compelling. Still, this is commendable for refusing to simplify any of the major characters, who seem more believable as the film goes on. The characterization of the author's wife (who'd likely be a cipher in a lesser film) is particularly strong. In Icelandic with subtitles.

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