Driving Miss Dizzy

The Icelandic hit Driving Mum is touching a nerve with a certain generation…

You know how it is, if it ain’t one thing, it’s your mother.

Something that Jon (Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson) is still trying to understand as he takes the woman who brought him into this world for one last road trip. Because the woman’s dying wish was having her pic taken at Gullfoss.

Naturally, mother (Kristbjörg Kjeld) and son have some major heart-to-hearts along the way.

Director Hilmar Oddsson was inspired by true-life stories from his small Icelandic town, and the choice of black and white was inspired by films such as Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise and Polanski’s early offerings as well as the absurdism of Beckett.

“This is a very personal film, for both myself and my leading man,” he says. “It’s like we’re going through old photo albums, digging up memories. And digging up old memories has that wonderful combination of being both heartening and hilarious. The line between sadness and joy becomes very blurred, which is something we aimed for in this film…”

Driving Mum has been praised for its ‘transparent, simple, but bold film language, with its graceful sense of humour’, whilst critic Wendy Ide described it as ‘a road movie from beyond – and before – the grave’.

Just, you know, warn your mum beforehand about the plot. Tickets here: https://whaletheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873643992/events/128520137



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