The Icelandic film Metalhead which premiered in Sweden a few months ago followed by Norway, Finland and Denmark has gotten a lot of attention. The film has gained popularity which probably is due to that at least 70% of the Nordic population has some kind of relationship with rock and metal music, alongside an explainable melancholy embedded in the Nordic mentality.
Despite what the movie poster might suggest, it’s actually a drama dealing with heavy topics such as loss and grief that takes place on a remote farm in Iceland. As a 12-year-old, Hera (the heroine of the film) witnesses her metal rocker of a brother Baldur as he dies in a tractor accident. She spends her teenage years adopting his lifestyle and struggling in relationships with everybody in the small society surrounding her.
If metal has been important to you in your life… then Metalhead is probably the film you’ve been waiting for without knowing it.