BUFS preview: Land Ho!

This week, BUFS is pleased to present Land Ho! in association with International Education Week.

Photo credit: Nashville Scene

Photo credit: Nashville Scene

Just when you thought the odd-couple road-movie genre had played itself out, you wind up in Iceland with two ex-brothers-in-law in their late 60s.

When Colin, a widower and newly retired banker, hears from Mitch, who has himself just retired from his eye surgery practice, it’s a pleasant surprise. Some time with Mitch, a loud-mouthed Kentuckian who has never really noticed the decades passing by, might be just what Colin needs in the wake of a nasty divorce from his second wife.

Mitch agrees wholeheartedly, but ups the ante by buying them each a ticket to Iceland without even asking if Colin wants to go. But who can pass up an all-expenses-paid trip to one of the world’s most beautiful countries? Colin embarks on the voyage, not without some trepidation. His reservations soon prove well-founded—Mitch’s taste for bawdy jokes and quality weed frequently produce sticky situations for the pair.

As the days progress, and the scenery shifts from the highest-priced luxury spots in Reykjavik to the barren, stunning glory of the glaciers and black sand beaches, Colin and Mitch learn a few things about living and dying, loving and losing, drifting apart and meeting again. The result is an uneventful but altogether delightful film co-written and co-directed by indie filmmakers Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens. Veteran Australian actor Paul Eenhoorn stars as Colin, but newcomer Earl Lynn Nelson steals the picture as Mitch.

Land Ho! screens Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Theatres, Pen Centre. Visit brocku.ca/bufs for details.

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