Remote Control

  • 1992
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

A missing remote control provides the occasion to take a wild ride through Icelandic youth culture. Axel (Bjorn Jorundur Fridbjornsson) must find his mother's missing remote control before she lets the drain out of the tub and sink where he is storing his aquarium fish. Sister Maja (Margret Hugren Gustavsdottir) thinks she is helping when she sends him...read more

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A missing remote control provides the occasion to take a wild ride through Icelandic youth culture.

Axel (Bjorn Jorundur Fridbjornsson) must find his mother's missing remote control before she lets the drain out of the tub and sink where he is storing his aquarium fish. Sister Maja (Margret Hugren Gustavsdottir) thinks she is helping when she sends him off with her girlfriend Unner (Soley

Eliasdottir) to find out if Unner's smuggler brother Moli (Helgi Bjornsson) has a spare. Moli does have one last Samsung remote control, but before obtaining it, Axel gets drawn into the political crossfire of rival gangs and, unbeknownst to him, is mistaken for Moli.

Moli would like to store his illegal stereo equipment at Axel's and, while at a headbanger's rock music night club, asks him for his address. Axel shouts it out during the one moment of silence between drum strokes, and his home soon becomes a raging party overrun with gang members and club

hoppers, two of whom pack his sleeping mother into a boat and release her into the reservoir.

Meanwhile Unner and Axel are run over by gang leader Aggi (Eggert Thorleifsson) and his thugs just as their love affair begins to blossom. They narrowly escape ending up at the bottom of the river in concrete shoes, since neither Aggi nor his thugs knows the correct way to mix cement. Escaping,

Unner and Axel rescue Axel's frazzled mother and retrieve their coveted remote control.

A confusing but somewhat fun film that would have achieved genuine humor with a tighter script. The plot conceit of the missing remote control reveals chaos thriving just beyond the realm of the "control" and convenience of modern technology. Unner is convinced that she can control the volume of

the television with her mind--but in reality Maja is always standing behind her with the remote control in hand. Poor Axel just cares about his fish and keeping his mother content. A rare peek at some of the fashion and culture of young Iceland.

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  • Released: 1992
  • Rating: NR
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