I Remember You – Iceland, 2017

I Remember You – original title: Ég Man Þig – is a 2017 Icelandic horror thriller film directed by Oskar Thór Axelsson from a screenplay co-written with Ottó Geir Borg, based on the bestselling novel by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

Thor Kristjansson (Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre; Dracula Untold), Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir and Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson star.

An older lady hangs herself inside a church in the remote Westfjords of Iceland. Via her suicide letter the new psychiatrist in town finds out that she was obsessed with the disappearance of his eight-year-old son, who vanished without a trace three years earlier.

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Across the bay to the north in an abandoned village, three city dwellers are restoring a house, strange things start happening and they realise that the house is haunted. The two stories slowly intervene and it is revealed that a child named Bernodus, who vanished under mysterious circumstances some sixty years earlier, is the connecting link…

I Remember You is released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 27, 2018, by IFC Midnight.

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Reviews:

“The pic is ultimately stronger on mood than plotting, as it seemingly takes forever for the storylines to merge and for the mystery to be revealed. But that atmosphere is effective indeed, with the filmmaker infusing the proceedings with ominous touches while thankfully foregoing the sort of cheap jump scares to which he easily might have easily resorted.” Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“Maybe it’s a matter of personal taste, but for me, the spectre of a supernatural explanation felt like a plot cop-out. Or perhaps the movie simply lacks a truly shocking moment of horror. It’s entertaining enough, but certainly didn’t have me reaching for a jumper.” Cath Clarke, The Guardian

“Mr. Axelsson knows his faded photographs, eye-blink spectral visitations and droning soundtracks, plus that standby: the wall covered with newspaper clippings of serial murder. But he minimizes the gore, piercing the soul with mood and compelling human conflict. Which makes I Remember You memorable indeed.” Andy Webster, The New York Times

I Remember You moves at a glacial pace. Axelsson relies too much on picturesque scenery and subtle dramatic performances to engage the audience whenever not much is happening. But while the horror elements certainly could have been more horrifying, I Remember You does have a strong sense of place and character.” Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

” …Axelsson’s film has the dexterity to dip its frostbitten toe into a number of genres. Littered with moments of claustrophobic intensity and tension-filled sequences that leave you fighting for breath, it’s a powerhouse of a movie that demands an audience, albeit one that can handle the despair and despondency that oozes from every scene.” Dave Wain, The Schlock Pit

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