ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – F – I Remember You (2017) Movie Review


This is under F because of the main character name Freyr.

Director: Oskar Thor Axelsson

Writer: Oskar Thor Axelsson, Otto Geir Borg (Screenplay) Yrsa Siguroardottir (Novel)

Starring: Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Agusta Eva Erlendsdottir, Elma Stefania Agustsdottir, Thor Kristjansson, Sara Dogg Asgeirsdottir

Plot: A story about a young man and woman who move into a small abandoned town in Iceland to renovate an old house. Little do they know the town has a dark history.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Tense Thriller

Story: I Remember You starts as a doctor Freyr (Johannesson) is called for a suicide in a church, he helps confirm what the police think and does his best to comfort the widow, while three friends Lif (Erlendsdottir), Katrin (Gudmundsdottir) and Gardar (Kristjansson) move into an abandoned house, where they look to renovate it to turn it into a bed-n-breakfast.

As the three friends spend more time at the house they find themselves being haunted in the darkness of night with Katrin seeing figures in the home, where they can’t escape from, while on mainland Iceland Freyr must confront his own decision to believe his lost son might still be alive, even though he believes he couldn’t have survived without his medication, which does lead to the two stories combining for the truth.

Thoughts on I Remember You

Characters – Freyr is a doctor whose son went missing in the past, he has moved on, however hard it is, not expecting to see him again, he consults with the police on cases to help understand cause of deaths until the latest one could finally unlock a mystery about what happened to his son, as a man of science he must question certain things, which he can’t explain away. Gardar, Lif and Katrin are involved in a strange love triangle, which sees them working together to try and put a house back together to turn into a bed and breakfast, they start getting haunted by something inside the remote house, something which could well test their own sanity and with nowhere to go, they much figure out what to do.

PerformancesWe do have a fantastic cast here where the actors bringing the characters to life with ease making us understand the pain or fear they have been going through.

StoryThe story follows two main stories, with one follow a doctor that starts learning more about his missing son, while following three friends that are trying to rebuild, when the two stories cross paths we will learn the truth. Now this is interesting because the three rebuilding does feel like a horror filled one, while Freyr’s story is much more mystery and does show how everything is unfolding, when the two mix together we get a surprising outcome that does keep up guessing. This is a smartly told story and does fill mystery horror together which is great to see and does all work very well.

Horror/MysteryThe horror comes more from one part of the story, it is all darkness and atmosphere, while the mystery is all about solving the crime of the missing boy for Freyr. It does keep us guessing through the film.

SettingsThe film uses the Icelandic landscape beautifully, with the isolation involved for the three friends adding to the horror, while showing how the country would come together for a missing person.

Scene of the Movie – Freyr makes it to the island.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – I don’t think you get enough hits to solve the mystery.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting, intense and thrilling mystery that will keep us guessing, while giving us a horror through the film too.

Overall: Great thriller.

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