Cinema has long history of dysfunctional siblings – Thor and Loki, and Lawrence and Ruprecht in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) to name but a few. The next brothers in need of an intervention form the heart of Hákonarson's family drama Rams.
The two siblings here are Gummi (Sigurduur Sigurjonsson) and Kiddi (Theódór Juliusson) who don't get on particularly well. So much so they don't even speak to each other, communicating by note and gunshot – but are given common cause when their way of life as proud ram farmers is threatened by an outbreak of scrapie, a fatal, degenerative disease that affects the nervous systems of sheep and goats.
Consequently, the authorities want a cull of the flocks. As the clip indicates, Gummi and Kiddi come up with a range of enterprising (not to mention boozy and violent) ways of scuppering their plans and saving their prize quadrupeds.
Cut from the same quirky cloth as Benedikt Erlingsson's Of Horses And Men (2013), Hakonarson's Rams – Un Certain Regard winner at last year's Cannes Film Festival – arrives in the UK on 5 February.