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Life In A Fishbowl (original title Vonarstræti) is a 2014 Icelandic drama film staring Hera Hilmar (credited with her Icelandic name Hera Hilmarsdottir), Thor Kristjansson and Þorsteinn Bachmann. The film was the official submission of Iceland to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015, but not accepted as a nominee.

Life In A Fishbowl provides examples of:

  • Alcoholic Parent: Móri which got his daughter killed and almost got Eik's daughter killed as well.
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  • Career-Ending Injury: Sölvi used to be a succesful soccer player, but has to quit due to an injury and had to switch career to estate.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After spending the entire film dealing with sleazy johns, poverty, her parents not taking her putting their grandchild in close proximity to child rapist, almost losing her daughter and being rejected by one of the few men she formed a genuine emotional bond to, Móri leaves Iceland and gives his entire earnings from selling his house to Sölvi to Eik meaning she won't have to sell herself any more.
  • Fan Disservice: With one exception, every encounter Eik has with her clients.
  • Karma Houdini: Averted! At the end it's implied that Sölvi has discovered that that the 2008 crash is coming and that he and all his co-workers are likely to face jailtime. That's how Icelanders roll.
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  • High-Class Call Girl: One of Eik's clients offers her a generous salary to come abroad and "entertain" his guests on his yatch.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Eik in a nutshell. She works at a daycare by day and as a callgirl at night to support herself and her daughter.
  • Rape as Backstory: Eik.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Eik delivers a brutal one to her grandfather.
  • The Alcoholic: Móri, who can't function much beyond drinking and writing. Still being able to write is probably the only reason he is alive.
  • Title Drop: Only for the international title, but at the end we discover that Móri's new book is called
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Eik's parents pulls one on Eik when they discovered that she left her daughter in Móri's care. This is because Eik trusted a infamous drunk more than her pedophile grandfather.


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