Jar City is a 2006 Icelandic film that is a whole new kind of thriller. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur and based on the novel written by Arnaldur Indriðason. The film is futuristic and bold with gripping acting and plot twists that are both uniquely Icelandic and utterly human. A beautifully bleak depiction of a case taken up by a consummate professional Detective Erlendur.
The film speaks honestly about the lasting pain of rape and losing a child. The film may seem off-putting to some but it is an entertaining experience. You also get to marvel at Iceland’s unsympathetic weather, rich landscapes, and fascinating architecture. As the detective continues his investigation you also get an ironic taste of Icelandic cuisine; he orders lamb brain from the drive through just prior to his trip to jar city.
This film is stylistically minimalist and decorated with impeccable acting. You grow attached to the pessimistic detective working to bring a case to peace and peace to his own family. Jar City is a wonderfully picturesque film featuring a thrilling story that gets deeper as the movie carries on. Jar City is a film as remarkable as the very best of Icelandic art and deserving of the Best Foreign Film Awardsie.