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Metalhead2013

  • 4.0
Fueled by a remarkable breakout performance by actress Thora Bjorg Helga, director Ragnar Bragason's intense drama of loss, faith, redemption, Megadeth, and Judas Priest, begins with a farming accident in the 1980s that sends a young girl, Hera, and her parents into a tail-spin of grief over the death of her heavy metal music-obsessed older brother. A decade later and Hera is transformed into a sexy, surly headbanger and DIY musician, dressed in black leather and a Slayer t-shirt, clutching her dead brother's electric guitar as she howls anthems of rage to a barn full of cows. Seemingly trapped in a haunted landscape of slaughterhouses and barren winter fields, making all the wrong choices in her life- including coming on to the local priest and sleeping with her platonic best friend. Hera slowly, painfully comes to terms with her family's loss and the sound of her own true voice. Partly inspired by the Norwegian black metal church burnings in the early 1990s, and featuring a soundtrack of 1980s and 1990s headbanging classics by Riot, Teaze, Savatage, Lizzy Borden and Megadeth. Winner of eight awards at the 2014 Icelandic Film Awards including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Original Score.

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At it's core this film is about the death of a loved one, and the grieving process everyone goes through. It definitely has some very touching moments, and painful ones as well. As a metalhead myself, I find the use of metal music here is abit maligned. The rise of 'black metal' in norway came about for completely different reasons. It's well documented, for those that are interested. That aside, good film.

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At it's core this film is about the death of a loved one, and the grieving process everyone goes through. It definitely has some very touching moments, and painful ones as well. As a metalhead myself, I find the use of metal music here is abit maligned. The rise of 'black metal' in norway came about for completely different reasons. It's well documented, for those that are interested. That aside, good film.

2 members like this review

awesome! excellent depiction of love in the highest degree of empathy.

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I very much liked the themes it dealt with, the aesthetic, and the music. Would have given 3 and 1/2 stars if possible.

A beautiful and depressing movie dealing with grief.

Great movie!!