Virgin Mountain

Virgin Mountain ★★★★½

Fusi (Gunnar Jónsson) is a large, 40-year-old who has a hard time connecting with the world around him. He lives with his mother, re-enacts WWII tank battles with models, is bullied at work and has only one soul he could call a friend. His mother’s boyfriend devises a plan to get him out of the house and into the world, country line dancing classes.

Sjörn (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir) also attends these dance classes and on a particularly snowy evening, she convinces Fusi to give her a ride home. Fusi falls in love, and Sjörn returns the sentiment, but Sjörn has her own set of problems and love is anything but easy.

How Fusi responds to the roadblock that Sjörn throws up is what makes Virgin Mountain a work of gentle humanity. Forced from his isolation, Fusi learns that he can accomplish whatever he wants. Fusi is a kind and tender man who deserves the best in life, and writer/director Dagur Kári gives Fusi his due. There are people in this world that make the world a better, more inclusive place. Fusi is one of them, but the beauty of Virgin Mountain is when Fusi finds them, where they often are, in the most unlikely of places.

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