Brothers Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson) haven’t spoken in 40 years. Both men are sheep farmers in the starkly beautiful Icelandic countryside; neighbours in a small community, they are rivals in all things, especially the annual hotly contested competition for best ram in the valley.
Life is far from easy; the community lives in constant fear of the dreaded scrapie disease (BSE) appearing in their flock, which if detected could destroy their livelihoods forever. When Gummi suspects the illness has infiltrated Kiddi’s herd, he is forced to choose between what he knows is the correct course of action, and his familial ties, however deeply repressed.
Featuring two superbly expressive, largely non-verbal performances from its lead actors, Rams is an acutely observed humanist fable that comes laced with an agreeably astringent sense of humour. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)
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