A White, White Day

    A White, White Day


    In a remote Icelandic town, an off duty police chief begins to suspect a local man to have had an affair with his wife, who has recently died in a car accident. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. A story of grief, revenge and unconditional love.

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      • Ingvar E. SigurðssonIngimundur
      • Ída Mekkín HlynsdóttirSalka
      • Hilmir Snær GuðnasonOlgeir
      • Björn Ingi HilmarssonTrausti
      • Elma Stefanía ÁgústsdóttirElín
      • Sara Dögg ÁsgeirsdóttirIngimundur's wife
      • Haraldur Ari StefánssonStefán
      • Sigurður SigurjónssonBjössi
      • Arnmundur Ernst BjörnssonHrafn
      • Laufey ElíasdóttirIngibjörg


      • 91

        The A.V. Club

        The film’s true power is elemental, rooted in weather conditions that all but erase the distinction between land and sky, and in the inky darkness of a tunnel traversed by one haggard, trudging figure whose weary body intermittently blocks a sliver of light barely visible at its far end.
      • 90


        In light of my own experience with the film, I recommend the following. See it twice: a virgin viewing, simply to take in the strange counterintuitive way the story unfolds, and then again, with a bit of distance, knowing where the journey is headed, so that you might fully appreciate the genius of its construction. I’m convinced that A White, White Day is the work of one of the most important voices of this emerging generation, arriving at a stage where we have yet to learn his language.
      • 90

        The New York Times

        The result is an emotionally wringing film, equally effective in the narrative and tone-poem departments.
      • 83

        The Film Stage

        As darkly comic as it is foreboding–and boasting an outrageously rich and nuanced central performance from the great Icelandic actor Ingvar Sigurdsson, who plays the larger than life Ingimunder, a man more than capable of living up to the scale of his own name–A White, White Day takes the tropes of a psychological thriller but presents them with a virtuosic and austere visual flare.
      • 80

        The Hollywood Reporter

        Palmason boldly risks audience disenfranchisement by pushing his disturbing story to unexpected lengths dramatically and stylistically, thereby winning a creative wrestling match with a potentially intransigent narrative.
      • 80

        Screen Daily

        A flesh and blood catalogue of ways to be masculine, from tender with his granddaughter to robustly no-nonsense with a weapon, Ingimundur is a fascinating character, splendidly portrayed.
      • 80

        Los Angeles Times

        To ascribe easy labels to A White, White Day — to call it a study of masculine rage or a portrait of a community perched at the edge of the world — is to risk bleeding it of its elemental poetry.
      • 75


        It sometimes feels like Palmason is being a bit self-indulgent with his slow pace, but Ingvar Sigurdsson keeps the film grounded, and ends it with such a devastating, powerful final shot that it alone erases most criticisms. It may take a bit longer than it needed to get there, but the destination packs a wallop.