Set around a forty-something virgin living at home with his mum, working as an airport baggage handler and re-enacting the battle of El-Alamein with toy soldiers in his spare time, Virgin Mountain is the gentle tale of a mountain being moved, as Fúsi the hero finds love, independence, heartbreak and life. It’s perhaps not the most original premise, but intricately plotted and beautifully acted; it’s the best in its class – a devastatingly precise portrait that demands tenderness instead of ridicule.
Virgin Mountain | Directed by Dagur Kari (Iceland, Denmark 2015) with Gunnar Jónsson, Ilmur. Starts November 12
Originally published in issue #143, November 2015.
Kristjánsdóttir. Starts November 12