QUAKE (2021) Reviews of mystery thriller with trailer

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Quake is a 2021 mystery thriller about a young woman who experiences an epilepsy seizure that causes repressed memories to suddenly come back.

Written, co-produced and directed by Tinna Hrafnsdóttir (Margrete: Queen of the North, The Valhalla Murders, The Minister), based on a best-selling novel by Audur Jónsdóttir. Co-produced by Hlín Jóhannesdóttir.

The Icelandic Ursus Parvus production stars Anita Briem (Journey to the Centre of the Earth; The Minister), Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Tinna Hrafnsdóttir, Edda Björgvinsdóttir (Under the Tree, The Valhalla Murders) and Bergur Ebbi Benediktsson.


Saga (Anita Briem) is a single mother in her late thirties who gets hit by a fierce epileptic attack walking in a public park with her six-year-old son resulting in a total memory loss.

Afraid of being considered unable to take care of her son, Saga attempts to hide her state from others and occupies herself digging for the answers she needs. As she struggles to gather bits and pieces from her forgotten life, repressed memories that Saga unconsciously blocked as a child suddenly start to come back, revealing a painful truth about herself and the past…


” …a film which builds up its story in a number of layers. Writer/Director Tinna Hrafnsdóttir’s film works so well because it chooses to slowly unravel the mystery, bit by bit. That and a wonderfully nuanced and understated performance from Briem. Quake is a powerful and emotive work which digs deep into the effects of trauma.” Backseat Mafia

“Hrafnsdóttir’s delicate yet powerful exploration of memory and family is both beautiful and assured […] Here, Saga’s journey is powerful in the hands of Briem, her performance rooted in the emotionally unstable energy of loss as we journey toward the films final twist.” Cinerama Film Online

“A stunning piece of work from filmmaker Tinna Hrafnsdóttir and a wonderful central performance from Aníta Briem make Quake a beautiful, though sometimes harrowing portrait of a family struggling with loss.” The Hollywood News


Quake will have its world premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival on November 20th 2021 and be released in Iceland in January 2022.

Cast and characters:

Anita Briem … Saga
Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir … Tedda
Tinna Hrafnsdóttir … Jóhanna
Edda Björgvinsdóttir … Dídí
Bergur Ebbi Benediktsson … Óskar
Sveinn Geirsson … Bergur
Benjamín Árni Daðason … Ívar
Jóhann Sigurðsson … Gunnar

Technical details:

106 minutes

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