Heima (no cert)

Reviewed,Anthony Quinn
Friday 02 November 2007 01:00 GMT

This offbeat musical travelogue focuses upon the return of the band Sigur Ros to their native Iceland ("Heima" means homeland) and the series of free concerts they held for their fans. Crisply photographed by Dean DeBlois, the film also offers a vivid portrait of the lonely, craggily beautiful landscapes to which the band's music – a kind of ambient-folk Radiohead – makes an eerie complement.

Their elegy to a deserted fishing village, set alongside old newsreel of the place in its prime, is a miniature of haunting intensity. The whole island seems to be in transition – huge developments threaten to deface the natural grandeur of the place – and this documentary may yet come to represent a vital memorial.

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