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Næturvaktin
Næturvaktin
TV Series
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  • Cast:
    Jörundur Ragnarsson,Jón Gnarr,Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon
  • Time:
    28min
Three men working at a gas station in Reykjavik battle boredom, strange visitors and their own customers.
Casts
Series cast summary:
Jörundur Ragnarsson Jörundur Ragnarsson - Daníel 12 episodes, 2007
Jón Gnarr Jón Gnarr - Georg 12 episodes, 2007
Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon - Ólafur Ragnar 12 episodes, 2007
Sara Margrét Nordahl Sara Margrét Nordahl - Ylfa Dís 10 episodes, 2007
Arnar Freyr Karlsson Arnar Freyr Karlsson - Flemming Geir 8 episodes, 2007

Næturvaktin
Purestone
Purestone
This comedy about about 2 typically Icelandic characters and their Swedish caricature of a boss(complete with Leninesque hairstyle and nicely portrayed by Jón Gnarr) is the first of its kind to be made on Iceland. It's not the first Icelandic sitcom as such but it's definitely the first funny one and is even awaiting a sequel that's being filmed in a country hotel. It has a sort of embarrassing humor(like Extras but not as painfully embarrassing) and could be enjoyed by all even though some jokes will be lost on non-Icelandic viewers since they often involve cameos by real Icelandic celebrities playing themselves.

Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon does a great interpretation of a pathetic wannabe manager that will probably be stuck in a dead end job for the rest of his life.

Jón Gnarr steals every scene he is in as th evil loudmouth communist boss that has 5 university degrees but still works the night shift at a gas station. Jón should be careful not to be typecast as angry old men though. I liked him better when he was typecast as a nerd.

The star of the show is without a doubt the painfully realistic portrayal of a typical Icelandic youth by Jörundur Ragnarsson. This young man has proved himself to be the next big star in Icelandic cinema.

The young boy who plays Georgs son is also brilliant.

And I am also tremendously great as the young, Swedish hippie in the last episode and have yet to receive a call regarding a spin-off :(

Funny stuff.
Ttyr
Ttyr
Like the previous commentator, I saw this programme when BBC4 presented it as part of their Iceland season. The first couple of episodes I liked, but I was a bit lost. Once I got to know the characters, though, I loved it more and more. The characters are beautifully drawn and magnificently played: you don't think of it as acting, you feel you're seeing a window into someone's life. I also thought Daníel should have paid more attention to Ylfa, starting with telling her she looked nice in episode 11, but life isn't perfect. Ólafur, for me, is the finest achievement: on the one hand, he's the perpetual underdog, so that you can't help feeling sorry for him, but on the other hand, he is forever doing something stupid. My favourite episode is the eleventh, where Georg tries to teach his embarrassed and uninterested pubescent son the Facts of Life with the help of a copy of Hustler ("The man has a penis, the woman doesn't have a penis. Well, that one does, but she's deformed.") and a white-board for vocabulary and diagrams. I was quite relieved when that one was over, because I was laughing so much it hurt. I shall certainly buy the DVD, which I am pleased to find is available with English subtitles.
Manazar
Manazar
When I first saw this on BBC4's Icelandic Season I wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't even sure if it was supposed to be a comedy but as the episodes have advanced I have become totally engrossed in it. The characters are brilliant, from Georg the despotic leader to Olafur the hapless and hopeless wannabe famous band manager and the frustrated and angry Daniel. Really good supporting characters are Ylfa who quite obviously fancies Daniel and Georg's son Flemming Geir who Georg also manages to wind up.

I do hope they make more of these shows....It's must see entertainment with a difference!!!
Malara
Malara
I'm a fan of Scandinavia. I have watched quite some Scandinavian TV series and films and have come to the conclusion they are really experts in making productions who don't feature a lot of explosive and intense action themselves but merely interest by stimulating the watcher his/her deepest and silent emotions. With Iceland being no exclusion.

Næturvaktin brings a mix of drama and comedy to keep the audience at the edge of their seat by making them think and make them create expectations of what might happen to the protagonists next. With a lovely scenario played out by Jón Gnarr Kristinsson as a communist-like supermarket leader with five university degrees and just as good performing deuteragonists like Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon and Jörundur Ragnarsson you can't waste time by checking out this Nordic gem.

The type of humor might not be suitable for everyone. Although, i very much enjoy the office-like and "daily basis" humor more than a whelm of attempts at being funny, issued by more than one Hollywood-made TV-series nowadays.

Don't take my word for it, please go have a look yourself and if this series grabbed your attention, don't mind checking out dagvaktin and fangavaktin. The sequels in the trilogy who are just as good.

If you still can't get enough of Georg and his buddies. You can always watch Mr. Bjarnfredarson the movie.
Phain
Phain
Iceland remains a magic place. People like Björk and Sigur Ros have shown the world that the Icelandic can make beautiful and unconventional music, but what is still rather unknown is that they can also produce great films and TV series. This comedy-drama series about the staff of a Shell gas station in Reykjavik is the funniest and most charming sitcom I've seen in years and can absolutely compete with sitcoms from "traditional" sitcom nations like the USA and UK. When you watch the first couple of episodes, you may at first find it rather tedious and just another bland variation of The Office, but if you stick with it, you will find out that the characters are very well written and beautifully nuanced and superbly acted, and the gags get better and more black and lead to some very funny laugh-out-loud moments like you don't see them that often in most of today's comedy series. Jon Gnarr as the manic night shift boss is terrific, probably the best "bad boss" since David Brent, but Olafur and Daniel are very strong and believable characters as well. There is no English dubbing, but if you watch it with English subtitles, you will have absolutely no problem understanding it, as the dialogue is very simple and doesn't rely on wordplay.
Samutilar
Samutilar
When this series was shown on British TV last year I liked it so much I found the DVDs for other 2 series online and ordered them It seems a lot of people are quite confused by it as there aren't that many obvious jokes or punchlines and most of the humour comes from the characters themselves and the feeling of uncomfortableness that their interactions can give you. At first I though the character of Georg was far too obvious a comedy character, with his balding head and ginger hair but once the series gets going you see there is more to him than the obvious visual comedy of his appearance. I'd very much recommend finding the other 2 series to watch as well if you enjoyed this series as it only gets better.
Kagda
Kagda
I started watching this out of interest/curiosity as I have backpacked around and through Iceland twice and love the country, and the friendliness of the people, and the aggression of the skua's/skumar.

I'm up to episode 4 and am giggling through most of it. The characters are well realised: bullying failure of a boss Georg (didn't realise he was meant to be Swedish), underachieving failure of longterm employee Olafur, failed medical student and possibly failed son Daniel. I'm sure the star of the show will be the Swedish hippy later on in the series ;-).

Hoping it continues to be painfully and embarrassingly funny for the next 8 episodes.