Film Review: Life in a Fishbowl

Euro But Not Trash


Three fractured lives criss-cross in Baldvin Zophoniasson’s second feature film.

Considered by Icelandic newspaper Fréttabladid to be “The best Icelandic film in history,” Zophoniasson’s sophomore cinematic outing was an Icelandic box office smash. Vanquishing high-profile American competition it was crowned the country’s most successful film of 2014.

Praised by American Director Darren Aronofsky, Life in a Fishbowl was selected as Iceland’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars. It has been the recipient of numerous domestic and international awards. Audience response to screenings at North American and European festivals has seen it rapidly earning a reputation as one the decade’s most significant Icelandic films.


Inspired by true stories, Baldvin Zophoniasson’s follow up to the coming of age drama Jitters is a is a supremely well directed multi-layered drama filled with complex and sensitively-drawn character portraits. An elegy to lost souls modelled on Robert Altman’s Short Cuts…

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