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Under the Tree (Undir trénu) - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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Under the Tree (Undir trénu)
SIFF's capsule summary: "Two families living among the manicured lawns and IKEA furnished homes of suburban Iceland find themselves in an increasingly absurd and ultimately disastrous feud over the placement of a shade tree in this savage black comedy from the director of Either Way." (Iceland, 2017, 89 minutes)
SIFF link: Under the Tree

Under the Tree is an Icelandic black comedy featuring a troubled grandmother Inga (Edda Björgvinsdóttir) who resents her neighbor's second wife Eybjorg (Selma Björnsdóttir) for being a generation younger, that second wife, who resents the grandmother's tree as shade in the way of her suntanning, and their respective husbands Baldvin (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Konrad (Þorsteinn Bachmann). The grandmother's son Atli (Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson) is back home, after infuriating his wife Agnes (Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir), with a custody conflict as a complication.

6 Almost Good The film has some impressive acting; Edda and Sigurður are both excellent. (People go by first names in Iceland.) Steinþór Hróar is good, and the rest of the acting blended into the background for me. The story starts good, but as the conflict escalates the film gets darker at the expense of the comedy. Some of the concluding events were predictable, and the surprise event completely lost track of the comedy.

Overall, I rate the film almost good.

Languages: Icelandic, with English subtitles.

Rating: I don't think this film has a US rating (yet), but I'd guess it would rate a "R", due to some foul language and violence.

Screening: 10 am, Pacific Place (room 4).
Audience: a typical SIFF press screening crowd, somewhat over 100, about 285 seats (estimated capacity).

Snacks: none.

Ads and announcements: no ads at press screenings; SIFF volunteer "J" provided announcements.

Notes to myself:

SIFF statistics: 1 film (a feature), no parties.

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