Either Way (SIFF 2012)

This is the story of the day to day life of two guys tasked with maintaining the rural Icelandic road systems. All is well until one weekend when they get life altering news and have a bit of a break down.

Provided Film Synopsis
Finn and Alfred are summer employees of the Icelandic Road Administration in the 1980s, spending days painting yellow lines on a rural highway with only each other for company. The roads receive little to no traffic; the only frequent passerby is a jolly farmer who rewards them with bottles of booze for their good work. Finn is older and seemingly wiser than skirt-chasing Alfred, his girlfriend’s brother, for whom sex is constantly on the brain. The two men barely tolerate each other at first, but ultimately share—during a comical, drunken night—their deepest questions and possible answers about life and love. Director Hafsteinn Sigurdsson uses the isolated countryside of northern Iceland to highlight the nuances of Finn and Alfred’s colorful dialogue and behavior, their Sisyphean work mirroring the difficulties of human connection. With its beautiful ocean vistas and barren plains, the landscape suggests both the splendor and the severity of life as Finn’s and Alfred’s relationship unfolds. Sigurdsson, who began his career making skateboarding films, has an eye for the subtleties of body language. This endearing comedy, his feature film debut, announces him as a talented director to watch.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
  • Cast Members:

    • Hilmar Guðjónsson
    • Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson
  • Countries:

    • Iceland
  • Languages:

    • Icelandic
  • Genres:

    • Buddy Picture
    • Comedy