On the heels of their 2006 concert tour, Icelandic alternative rockers Sigur Ros return to their picturesque homeland for a series of free, unannounced concerts. Follow the band as they perform their mesmerizing brand of hypnotic pop at such unconventional venues as an abandoned fish factory, a small-town coffee shop, and a protest site at a controversial dam. Candid interviews with the band find the performers discussing what it's like to return home after an extended tour, and what it's like to perform for their fans around the world. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: Dean DeBlois
In Theaters: Nov 2, 2007 Wide
Runtime: 1 hr. 37 min.
EMI Records - Official Site
In 2006, post-rock cum quasi-classical soundscape quartet Sigur Rós returned home to Iceland after a world tour to play a series of free shows. For the band, it was a way of giving something back to the locals who’d long been supportive of them and an acknowledgement of how Iceland looms large in their aesthetic. Filmed over two weeks in summer, ‘Heima’ (meaning ‘at home’ or ‘homeland’) is a record of these gigs, played in venues as unlikely as a disused herring factory and – alfresco and entirely acoustic – an anti-dam protest camp, with additional footage of the band rehearsing, candid backstage shots and interviews with the extended group of players.
Iceland’s extraordinary natural beauty is as much a star of the movie as Sigur Rós’s magisterial music and the all-local crew could hardly have done a more impressive promotional job had ‘Heima’ been commissioned by the Icelandic Tourist Board itself. Filming every one of the seven shows means a repetitiveness sets in and there is perhaps one too many shots of photogenic children staring wide-eyed in wonder while the band plays. But, as rock movies go, this provides an atypically intense – and enormously pleasurable – experience.
BY: SHARON O'CONNELL
POSTED: MONDAY OCTOBER 29 2007