the two Icelandic brothers Rubber and Kiddi could be taken from a novel by Torgny Lindgren. They were living in his house a few hundred meters from each other in an equally empty as infinite valley and has not spoken to each other in 40 years. Their dogs may carry messages between the farms. Heavens are like a bluish glass cover over them where they glares grimly at each other from their windows. Women are not on the map. The love they need, they find in their get.
The brothers see themselves like two sheep, wild beards grow as well as together with the thick wool sweaters. But they are satisfied separately until the year’s best ram to be appointed, regular competition and trätoämne, you understand. Kiddis ram wins, but even before that, one of the Gummi be dead. Something is fishy. Could it be the dreaded disease scrapie? Then all the animals are killed. Soon all sheep farmers in the region panicked. The animals are their only source of income. Kiddi looks understood “disease” as an attack, a revenge from his brother’s side. The disease turns out however to be very real.
Against his will , the two brothers begin to cooperate even if the beginning is difficult. Conscience compels nykteristen Rubber lugging home Kiddi in despair fallen asleep drunk in a snowdrift. What primarily drives together brothers, of course, the sheep, they loved the sheep. How will any of them be able to survive without them?
“Of sheep and men” moves forward in the slow majesty of a biblical story or an Icelandic saga, tough, fateful, wordlessly fought the two brothers’ struggle with each other and themselves in an ageless, barren and churlish administration. The story, as sagas, also takes several surprising and unexpected twists and turns, the humorous, tragic and loving nature.
The film won deserved the first prize in the competition category Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2015.