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8.2
/10
2,720 Ratings

Echo

Bergmál

Directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson
Iceland, France, 2019
Drama

Synopsis

Through 56 vignettes, Echo draws a portrait of modern day Iceland at Christmas time. In open countryside, a farm is burning. In a school, a choir is singing carols. In a museum, a woman is arguing with her ex. Whether close or distant, these characters struggle at once with their past and present.

Our take

In his confidently unconventional, jigsaw-like Echo, Rúnar Rúnarsson (Sparrows) pieces together a variegated portrait of contemporary Iceland: a spectrum of assorted approaches, scenes, styles, and genres that are continually surprising yet always fascinating. A highly enjoyable and humane film.

Echo Directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson

Critics reviews

Each moment plays out in front of an unmoving single shot, lending the film an observational formality. Most are contained in beautifully framed compositions and Sophia Olsson’s camera is adept at capturing the wintry beauty of Iceland.
August 14, 2019
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There are numerous magical moments in Rúnar Rúnarsson’s moving mosaic “Echo,” though perhaps none more powerful than that instant when we as viewers allow ourselves to jettison expectations of narration and let the director’s composite vision bury itself snugly deep within.
August 11, 2019
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