Reading Town Square Cinemas

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


On Screen: 4:30pm or 7:30pm (You Pick!)

Reading Town Square Cinemas (Auditoriums 14 & 8)

Cinema Chat and Introduction begins 30 minutes prior to screenings

Discussion follows screenings

Winner, Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard Award

Oscar Submission, Iceland


Odds are you won't go into Rams with particularly strong feelings about Icelandic sheep farmers. Yet Grimur Hakonarson's funny, pungent, oddball drama has been one of the buzz titles on the festival circuit since it surprised many by picking up the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes last May.

Brothers Gummi and Kiddi occupy neighboring hillside farms but haven't spoken to each other for 40 years. When one of Kiddi's flock is judged the best ram in the valley, Gummi can barely hide his disgust. When he reports his suspicion that the beast in question may be infected with scrapie, some feel it is just sour grapes. But if confirmed, the valley's entire livestock may have to be put down. The brothers' antagonism only deepens in this crisis. But perhaps deep down these stubborn loners are more alike than they care to accept...

This deceptively small movie turns out to be a model of lean storytelling, edging almost imperceptibly from absurdist comedy to existential tragedy.

Running Time: 93 Minutes. Not Rated

Please Note: RAMS is in Icelandic with English subtitles.

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