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Thicker Than Water

An Icelandic domestic drama with an element of mystery, this debut feature by Arni Olafur Asgeirsson follows an optometrist (101 Reykjavik's Hilmar Jonsson) who loses perspective when he discovers he's not the biological father of the son he's reared with his again-pregnant wife (Margret Vilhjalmsdottir of The Seagull's Laughter). When she refuses to name the boy's father, her husband goes on a bathos bender, abandoning his home for a hotel, drinking too much, and alienating his sister by taking up with his much younger offce assistant. A wider question about privacy rights in an insular society gets lost as the movie slides into just another story about middle-aged angst. In Icelandic with subtitles. 90 min.

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