Another bizarrely good film to round off the year was Valhalla Rising.
Not so much a Viking movie as expected but a weird twisted channelling of some old island characters. There’s the one-eyed warrior like Dòmhnall Cam, who has the gift of second sight like Coinneach Odhar, the Brahan Seer from Baille Na Cille who takes to the hills and is feared like Mac an t-Srònaich before setting sail to convert heathens with a group of Christian nutters. His land is barren and mountainous, it rains most of the time and there’s quite a lot of fighting.
Typical Uig basically.
Throw in some Kubrick sensibilities, Brando-esque Apocalypse Now scenes and sparse, gruff Scottish patter and you have a very strange film indeed…