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Film Review - Under the Tree


If you’ve ever experienced any sort of conflict with a neighbor, the Icelandic production “Under the Tree” will most certainly trigger some level of PTSD. Co-writer/director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson is endeavoring to make a dark comedy out of this saga of warring couples living inside tight spaces, but he’s especially skilled at detailing the madness of suburban hostilities and the escalation of minor quibbles into all-out war. “Under the Tree” has some laughs along the way, but it mostly remains in a state of shock, picking up on human behavior when unimaginable stress is introduced, with Sigurosson playing a chess game with rattled characters, working his way to perhaps the most fitting conclusion of the film year. It’s uneasy work and wonderfully so, getting under the skin as it slowly works its way into madness.  Read the rest at


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