Directed by Ragnar Bragason (2006). This compelling look at a group of dysfunctional people in Reykjavík examines the lives of people close to the bottom of the social ladder and their desperate attempts at survival. Shot in beautifully stylized black and white that compliments the film’s dark atmosphere, Children’s finely-rounded characters include a mother alone with her four children, an underworld thug trying to re-connect with his son, and a single mother caring for her schizophrenic son. Like its follow-up Parents/Foreldrar (2007), Children has many small intertwined stories in which all are bound together in a narrative where unexpected twists and turns lead to a totally satisfying denouement. 93 min.