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Overall Rating
4.1

Awesome: 20%
Worth A Look70%
Average: 10%
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1 review, 4 user ratings



Juniper Tree
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Thriving Iceland."
4 stars

An austere, black-and-white adaptation and expansion on a tale by The Brothers Grimm with a prefaced poem, “Ash Wednesday” by T.S. Eliot, is a low-key and innocuous blip with an Icelandic provenance.

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The Juníper Tree. An austere, black-and-white adaptation and expansion on a tale by The Brothers Grimm with a prefaced poem, “Ash Wednesday” by T.S. Eliot, is a low-key and innocuous blip with an Icelandic provenance. When this was made in the early to middle Eighties, I believe the star of the film, Björk Guðmundsdóttir (known almost exclusively to us by her first name), was already somewhat established at least in her homeland as a singer. She plays the curious, quiet and pensive Margit, who travels with her nomadic mother in search for a new husband. There isn’t very much plot to The Juníper Tree, which barely accosts a 75- to 80-minute running time, but it is a peaceful piece, with solemn and tractable performances. It has the retention of beautiful whispering sounds, chimes and voices; writer/director/producer/editor Nietzchka Keene’s debut film is something of a student experimentation. It has a certain feeling about it, not so much like a dilettante, but the elegant exercising of all of the technical facilities—Randy Sellar’s cinematography, Larry Lipkis’ musical score, etc. It’s no technical marvel either, but the calm precision is a respectable one. Björk is adorable to watch, so self-consciousless, fearless and unaffected. There is nothing factitious about her innocent, unadorned performance.

With Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir, Valdimar Örn Flygenring, Guðrun S. Gisladóttir and Geirlang Sunna Þormar.

Final Verdict: B.

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User Comments

10/25/07 Mary Eastman an elegant, moving film with an undercurrent of Icelandic otherworldliness 5 stars
3/29/04 Liz How can you give your opinion of a film if you haven't even watched it? 5 stars
12/30/02 Donald In the movie, Margit is actually travelling with her sister, not her mother. 4 stars
6/09/02 Hamilton Cleves One is tempted, when evaluating The Juniper Tree, to critisize the acting as being too mann 3 stars
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