Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Major lesbian characters
Short Take: Berglind falls in love with Lola, her Flamenco teacher. They live with Berglind’s thirty year old son, who also has a thing for Lola.
Alternate Titles: 101 Reykjavík
Year: 2000
Duration: 88 min
Language: Iceland, Denmark, France, Norway, Germany/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Writer: Hallgrímur Helgason, Baltasar Kormákur
Starring: Victoria Abril, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Hanna María Karlsdóttir

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101 ReykjavikI must admit that I rushed to see this film for two reasons: Victoria Abril (from French Twist and many a Pedro Almodóvar film) and the opportunity to see a movie in Icelandic.

The main character is Hlynur (Hilmir Snær Guðnason), a thirty-year-old who still lives with his mother Berglind (Hanna María Karlsdóttir) in their tiny apartment in Reykjavik. He’s the Icelandic version of a slacker, on unemployment and watching porn or surfing the net most of the time.

Enter Lola (Abril), Berglind’s Flamenco teacher. She stays with the family over Christmas, and after New Year’s and a night of drinking, she and Hlynur do the wild thing. Lola calls it a mistake afterwards and wants to forget about it.

Surprise! Mom sits Hlynur down one day to let him know that she is in love with Lola, and the two will be living together. Later he finds out that Lola is pregnant, and that she and his mother will be raising the baby together. They never let Berglind know that Hlynur is the father.

This strange set of events finally kicks Hlynur into getting a life and finding a job. His brother may also be his son, but he decides to do the right thing by his mother and her happiness. (AB)