Set in Iceland, Godland is a stunningly mesmerizing film that will make viewers feel like they are right in the intense winter of the island. Directed by Hlynur Pálmason, this arthouse film follows a Danish priest, Lucas (Elliott Crosset Hove), who has been tasked with building a church there. He is forewarned of the difficulties he faces, with the terrain being incredibly harsh, the risk of death through the environment being high, and the language barrier posing a problem. Lucas comes with a camera, to document the pitiless landscape and seek to understand it.
The film also touches on some of the culture of the area, with some folklore being shared and Lucas developing a particular animosity for the Icelandic locals for their suspicion of him. With a mix of reliable sources and creative license, the film is able to take viewers on an incredible journey into a location that may be unfamiliar to many.
Elliott Crosset Hove, playing Lucas, delivers an electrifying performance, conveying both the intrepidness of his character, as well as his frailness and weakness. He is adept at conveying the struggle against the environment, and with such unique and impressive surroundings, the film is able to demonstrate his capability to shine, despite being surrounded by harshness.
Godland is a stunning movie, with a dichotomous study of the environment presented in front of it; the imagery is ethereal and captivating, the cast is remarkable, and the narrative provides the viewer with a taste of Icelandic life and the difficulties faced by Lucas on his journey. Directed with a strong sense of style, this is a film that will stay with audiences long after viewing.