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The struggle between the strictures of religion and our own brute animal nature plays out amid the beautifully forbidding landscapes of remote Iceland in this stunning psychological epic from director Hlynur Pálmason. In the late nineteenth century, Danish priest Lucas (Elliott Crosset Hove) makes the perilous trek to Iceland's southeastern coast with the intention of establishing a church. There, the arrogant man of God finds his resolve tested as he confronts the harsh terrain, temptations of the flesh, and the reality of being an intruder in an unforgiving land. What unfolds is a transfixing journey into the heart of colonial darkness attuned to both the majesty and terrifying power of the natural world.


  • Elliott Crosset Hove
  • Ingvar Sigurdsson
  • Vic Carmen Sonne
  • Jacob Lohmann
  • Hilmar Guðjónsson
  • Waage Sandø
  • Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir
  • Snæbjörg Guðmundsdóttir
  • Friðrik Hrafn Reynisson
  • Friðrik Friðriksson

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May 28, 2022

This is a highly original work that goes beyond its theological aspects to explore more universal questions of mankind and our evanescent place in the world.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
May 28, 2022

Hove makes Lucas a boldly repellent protagonist, a one-man rebuke to the idea that faith necessarily endows anyone with foresight, humility or kindness.

Metacritic review by Justin Chang
Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
May 28, 2022

The film’s very long takes feel extremely rich with meaning and texture even as they often show a whole lot of nothing.

Metacritic review by Elena Lazic
Elena Lazic
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