Symbolism and intertextuality in Baltasar Kormákur’s The Sea
Ancient fables and dramas reborn on screen
As elegantly as the camera wanders through the picturesque but merciless scenery or the reindeer herd blocking the wintry streets, this complex and bold, 2002 paraphrase of several themes from Shakespeare’s King Lear to the Parable of the Prodigal Son carefully balances over the borders of various genres of black comedy and powerful, bitter family drama, following at the same time in the footsteps of Henrik Ibsen and Ingmar Bergman, urging the audience to “se sanningen i vitögat”- face up to the harsh reality.
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