Of Horses and Men

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Of Horses and Men
Of Horses and Men.jpg
Film poster
Directed byBenedikt Erlingsson
Produced byFriðrik Þór Friðriksson
Written byBenedikt Erlingsson
StarringHelgi Björnsson
Release date
  • 28 August 2013 (2013-08-28)
Running time
90 minutes

Of Horses and Men (Icelandic: Hross í oss) is a 2013 Icelandic drama film written and directed by Benedikt Erlingsson and produced by fellow director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson.

The film was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[1][2] but it was not nominated. The film won the 2014 Nordic Council Film Prize. In 2014, it won the audience award at the Tromsø International Film Festival in Norway.[3]


In the remote Icelandic valley, there is not much to do other than observe the horses, the neighbors, and the neighbors' horses with binoculars. Undisturbed, the stallions and mares do what nobody else in the valley dares to even talk about: love. However, there is still a feeling of love among some of the valley dwellers. Kolbeinn (Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson) and Solveig's (Charlotte Bøving) attempts at love are the subject of much interest for the valley dwellers.

Meanwhile, Vernhardur (Steinn Ármann Magnússon), who has a weakness for liquor, makes a name for himself on a Russian fishing vessel with the sailor Gengis (Kash Erden Baater). There is often disagreement about the riding routes between Grimur (Kjartan Ragnarsson) and Egill (Helgi Björnsson); Grimur generally prefers the classic routes on horseback, whereas Egill prefers riding through rough terrain on his tractor. Jóhanna (Sigríður María Egilsdóttir), on the other hand, has nothing to say concerning her mare Raudka. One day, she encounters an injured old man. The religious Juan Camillo (himself) is seeking God on a high spiritual level.

Above all, all the people in the valley share a love of their horses, and eventually come to understand one another.



The film holds an approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 7.58 out of 10. The site's critics' consensus reads: "Well-crafted and resoundingly original, Of Horses and Men is as intelligent, inscrutable, and breathtakingly lovely as its titular equines."[4]

Robbie Collin described Of Horses and Men as a "collection of six-or-so interlocking fables about a group of rural Icelanders’ relationships with their horses and each other, and which run the gamut from stony-black comedies of sex and death to chilly meditations on the blind cruelty of fate." He gave it four stars out of five and called it "something truly and seductively strange" and "tenderly attuned to the weather and landscape, both of which are captured in you-could-almost-be-there vividness, and underscored by a heady swirl of choral works and primal drumming."[5]

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  1. ^ "Oscars: Iceland Nominates 'Of Horses and Men' for Foreign Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Of Horses and Men selected for the 2014 Oscars". News of Iceland. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  3. ^ Tromsø Audience Award
  4. ^ "Of Horses and Men (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  5. ^ Collin, Robbie (29 October 2013). "Of Horses and Men, Tokyo International Film Festival, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 February 2014.

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