The Deep

95 min minutes

This competently executed Icelandic film is about a man who is not just fat but has a very special type of fat. When the fishing boat he works on capsizes in the middle of the sea and throws him and five others into the coldest water you could ever imagine, the others die but he survives. Why? Because his body is protected by an almost magical layer of fat. The lucky Icelandic fisherman eventually reaches a beach, climbs a rocky hill, crosses a frozen piece of land, and returns to civilization. The rest of the film is about how a scientist becomes fascinated with this man’s special fat--it’s kind of like the fat of a seal, but not exactly. (CHARLES MUDEDE)

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Film Credits
Baltasar Kormákur
SIFF 2013