Plot & Details
This tale is set in Iceland immediately after WW II when the American forces abandoned the island, leaving behind a considerable number of empty bunkers which were immediately appropriated by hundreds of poverty-stricken Icelanders. The film follows the daily exploits of the Tomasson family, who live in the old army barracks at what was once Camp Thule. Gogo is the daughter of Karolina -- who had a fling 40 years before, got pregnant and was later married to the kindly Tommi Tomasson who took pity on her. Karolina repaid his kindness with four decades of marital misery. Gogo, who raised three children during her first marriage, marries an American G.I. named Charlie Brown and leaves her children and family to start a new life. Most of the subsequent tale centers on Gogo's sons Baddi and Danni. Baddi goes to the U.S. with his mother, while quiet and younger Danni remains in Iceland. Baddi soon returns and proves to be a class-A American-style boor. He creates trouble for Danni, who sadly observes his brother's changes, but says nothing. Baddi makes matters worse when he seduces Hveragerdur, the girl next door whom Danni has secretly loved for ages. Baddi then marries the girl, but it is an unhappy union. After overcoming his grief, Danni becomes a pilot. The story takes a darker turn after Karolina has a disturbing premonition.