Ragnar Bragason made his debut at a film festival in 2000, year in which he was awarded the Jury Prize at the Cairo Festival and the Icelandic Cultural Prize. He got six nominations to the EDDA Prizes ( Icelandic Film Academy Prizes), from which he won two: Best Videoclip and Best TV Comedy. His script for “THE WHISPERER” was nominated to Script of the Year at Sundance Prizes/ NHK, of the year 2003. His side as videoclip and advertisement director enjoys international recognition. The film is quite worth seeing. It’s an authentic drama, full of unfortunate characters: Karitas, a mother who takes care of her four little children: three daughters and one son without any help, and whose responsibility exceeds her; a father who looks for his son in an attempt to have a second opportunity and get out of the world of violence he’s immersed in; a mentally ill man who lives with his mother and whose only friend is Gudmund, Karitas’ son. It is a film about parents and children, no doubt, and as the name suggests, about filial relationships. It’s a story about unhappy lives, but also of attempts to overcome unhappiness. The question it seems to pose is: is it possible to change or there comes a moment from which it is too late? Who will trust you again? People say that it’s never late when happiness is good…although I always thought it was a saying for American stories, not for European ones, which are loaded with greater pessimism. Anyway, the audience will see and judge. I would have ended the film five minutes earlier, with the close-up of the father’s face in the hospital, although it’s possible that the last 5 minutes were badly needed…we often need a mouthful of hope. In my opinion, the final applause was well deserved.
Sara Domínguez MartínTranslated by
Diana Irene Arancibia