the emotional landscape


50 Films Challenge - First film I remember seeing in the cinema - Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron

I had been waiting so long to run free, but that goodbye was harder than I ever imagined. I’ll never forget that boy and how we won back our freedom together.

Hold Out

Your arms
so long they stretch
across streams 
brimming with forlorn waters.

They are bridges 
guiding our psyches 
out from feeling 
as shallow as
we tend to swim,
wading in our own emotional muck.

We will drain each other,
not of love,
but out of love
so please just


dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Language: Icelandic

The story of two teenage boys, when one tries to win the heart of a girl, while the other discovers new feelings towards his best friend.

Over one long summer in their small fishing village, Thor and Kristján become inseparable. Hanging out with older teenage sisters and friends, they get into scrapes and have adventures. Facing the travails of an alcoholic father and a single mother who’s newly back on the dating scene, the two stoically cope with a problematic domestic life by taking refuge and pleasure in each other’s company. Sex is never far from anyone’s minds and the rich emotional landscape of early adolescence offers plenty of opportunities and challenges. The boys appear unable to articulate what all their friends already suspect, but then things change suddenly and dramatically, offering up some unexpected results.

Showing at: (LGBT) BFI Flare - 22 March