Zone(s) de turbulence *
de Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson
Icelandic film, 1 h 37
The film begins in London but most of its plot takes place in Iceland, where Sarah finds herself unfortunately stuck following an internship to cure her fear of flying which turns into a nightmare. Because the theoretical phase in the simulator is followed by the practical aspect with a return flight during the day intended to test the reactions of the participants. The guide, joker, chose Reykjavik as a destination, for its “exotic” side. And obviously nothing will go as planned for the small group of “Intrepid Travelers”.
Turbulence, broken aircraft, snowstorm and here they are locked up in a hotel “with spa” in the middle of nowhere, with a single obsession: to return to London by all means. Especially since Sarah did this internship so that she could fly the next day to Cape Verde with her new friend – from whom she carefully hid her phobia – and her teenage daughter. Joining them is therefore vital to save his couple threatened by his lies and some unfortunate misunderstandings.
The film begins like one of those English comedies, with chiseled lines and a collection of tasty characters: an influencer who accompanies her start-up companion plagued with anguish, a former soldier who has become a successful writer who thinks he is James Bond, and Sarah, real estate developer and control freak who obviously has trouble letting go in all circumstances.
But as soon as he sets foot in Iceland, everything starts to go off the rails and increasingly crazy situations follow one another like a tribute paid by the director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson to the crazy humor of his compatriots.
This spirit is embodied in the figure of a local tech millionaire, transformed into a new age guru, who will try to relax this group of overexcited Englishmen. However, it is precisely at this moment that the mechanics run out of steam and lead us lazily, and not always with great subtlety, towards an end that is too predictable.
However, there remains a group of amazing actors, including the British Lydia Leonard and Timothy Spall as well as the Icelandic Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson recently discovered in the Icelandic series Blackport, to make us, despite everything, have a good time.