Fifth about The Seventh

A White, White Day (Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur)

A White, White Day: Hlynur Palmason embraces the slow drip of information about the protagonist and his situation in this small drama. The pace imprinted by editor Julius Krebs Damsbo is testing, lingering in some shots for a while, but that serves the purpose of world-building and, by consequence, character-building as well. The main character, played beautifully by Ingvar Sigurdsson, is a hard, cold man with plenty of pain and anger kept at an arm’s length. His journey is interesting, but both the character and the environment call for a certain emotional detachment. Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir is a cute presence, without being overly so. The efficient camerawork of cinematographer Maria von Hausswolff is distant, neutral, cold as befits the story.

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