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Summary

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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