on August 01, 2008 by Kevin Courrier
"Falcons" is a rather droll little road movie about a friendship between a laconic American ex-con, Simon (Keith Carradine), and an Icelandic avant-garde artist, Dua (Margret Vihjalmsdottir). Simon returns to Iceland to forget his past and end his life; while Dua is forced to flee her homeland. During their odyssey together, they both begin to discover their own reasons for living.

"Falcons" does tend towards melodrama when a sadistic policeman sets the story in motion. But, by the time Simon and Dua get on the road, both of these mismatched outsiders find a casual rhythm that is quite appealing. Carradine, whose aging face has lost that callow quality from his youth, brings his usual boyish American charm. Playing a New Age pixie, Vihjalmsdottir dries out the part so that she's not eccentric in a cute way. "Falcons" deals with a bird that is rare and illegal to export. It's also a metaphor for these unique souls looking for their place in the world. Starring Keith Carradine, Margeret Vilhjalmsdottir and Ingvar Sigurdsson. Directed by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. Written by Einar Karasson and Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. Produced by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Egil Odegaard, Anna Maria Karlsdottir and Peter Rommel. No distributor set. Drama. Norwegian- and English-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 96 min.

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