Critic-turned-filmmaker Fridrik Thor Fridriksson gave Iceland its first world hit with 1991's elemental drama of old age, CHILDREN OF NATURE. His subsequent MOVIE DAYS (BIODAGAR), is an autobiographical account of youth under the distant influence of Hollywood. Sooner or later, every
self-conscious celluloid auteur seems moved to make a bittersweet, movie-minded nostalgia piece, and Fridriksson's loosely-plotted contribution occupies middle ground between the fevered melodrama of Giuseppe Tornatore's CINEMA PARADISO (1988) and the purely impressionist memory play of Terence
Davies' THE LONG DAY CLOSES (1992).
Young Tomas (Orvar Jens Amarsson), son of a customs ...