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Beautiful Beings(Berdreymi)

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Iceland, Denmark, Sweden · 2022
2h 3m
Director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Starring Birgir Dagur Bjarkason, Áskell Einar Pálmason, Viktor Benóný Benediktsson, Snorri Rafn Frímannsson
Genre Drama

A teenage boy, raised by a mother who considers herself psychic, takes a bullied kid into his gang of misfits. As the group’s troubles escalate toward life-threatening, violent situations, an inner voice awakens in the boy and - with the help of his mother and his new friend - he manages to find his own path.

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TheWrap by Dan Callahan

The best scenes in this movie show that Guðmundsson has a talent for make-believe, drug trips and fantasy scenarios, and if there were more such set pieces in Beautiful Beings, then it might have been something more distinctive rather than the latest in a very long line of films about young people left on their own.


Variety by Jessica Kiang

If in terms of narrative there’s not much new here, there is a freshness and an inhabited vibrancy that makes this painful coming of age story feel exactly its own.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Beautiful Beings is shot with real style, with very good performances, but the cliched and consequence-free violence is a flaw.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

Beautiful Beings, titled “Berdreymi” in Icelandic, is superb at capturing the universal problem of idle, unsupervised boys making bad choices, creating “Lord of the Flies” pecking orders and lashing out in violence because nobody’s taught them otherwise.


Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

The impressive second feature from Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson confronts the feral cruelty and violence of children on the cusp of adulthood, but finds also a tenderness amid the sharp edges and posturing.

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