In a secluded Icelandic village live two brothers, Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson), and their rams. For 40 years they have lived side by side as warring enemies, tending to their prized and rare sheep stocks without saying one word. But when disaster strikes, this family feud that has kept the two comfortably estranged from one another suddenly doesn’t look so golden anymore.
Directed by Grímur Hákonarson, Rams tells the story of a fatal disease that one day infects Kiddi’s sheep and threatens an all-but-obsolete way of life. When authorities call a widespread culling of all animals in the area, farmers start leaving their land. Except the brothers. They refuse to give up so easily, keeping their family traditions alive by staving off the disaster in their own ways: Kiddi by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits.
This is a charmingly shot and visually arresting film filled with Scandinavian wit and humour.
Don’t miss WM Premiere: Rams, Wednesday 4 January 8.30pm.