2020s

Review: Óskar Páll Sveinsson’s ‘Against the Current’

Content Warning: This review references suicide. Touching and personal, Óskar Páll Sveinsson’s Against the Current follows Veiga Grétarsdóttir, the first person to circumnavigate Iceland counterclockwise (against the current) in a kayak. Grétarsdóttir's story grows even more personal as viewers learn of her journey transitioning as a trans athlete and mother, with the tale of her grueling months-long experience around the country interspersed with the story of her transition from childhood all the way through adulthood. With unparalleled imagery from the air of Iceland’s stunning coast (cinematography also by Sveinsson), Against the Current is, quite simply, a pleasure to watch. While the narrative takes the viewer on
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