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Polite People (Kurteist fólk) is a 2011 film by Olaf de Fleur, starring Stefán Karl Stefánsson (LazyTown)

Lárus Skjaldarson (Stefánsson) is a frustrated city slicker engineer and family man who is fired from his job after confronting him for having sex with his wife. Desperate to get by, he goes to his dying father for advice, and his father tells him to go to the village of Búðardalur and help the mayor, Markell, to start up a slaughterhouse. Unfortunately, Lárus doesn't know what he's doing and gets caught up in a political game between the people in the town.


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  • Abusive Parents: Lárus' parents treated him like crap when he was a child.
  • The Alcoholic: The entire Skjaldarson family. Skjöldur and Elísabet were heavy drinkers and Lárus picked up some of their habits. Skjöldur dies as a result of his unhealthy living and Elísabet gets treatment.
  • Alliterative Name: Skjöldur Skjaldarson, although it's never said out loud.
  • Aloof Dark Haired Guy: Lárus is tall, muscular and emotionally distant.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Lárus mother, who gushes over his old schoolbooks, didn't invite Lárus to see her until his father was dying, and still sings him lullabies. However, she's mellowed out over the years from her shocking mistreatment of him as a child.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Lárus says the line "I don't want to talk to her" in Danish. However, that's the only Danish he knows.
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  • Brick Joke: Hrafnkell's poem to Margrét is eventually used as a political weapon against him when he steals Lárus' idea.
  • Comforting Comforter: Lárus daughter casually throws a blanket further over her father while he's asleep.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Lárus goes on a drunken bender when Markell gets in trouble for illegal profiting for the slaughterhouse. However, he snaps out of it when he gets an idea in a dream of how to save the town.
  • Disappeared Dad: Lárus' father dies in the middle of the film.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Lárus tells his mother over the phone to stop drinking completely... and then he takes a swig of beer.
  • My Beloved Smother: Elísabet, Lárus' mother. In the past, however, she was an abusive parent who hardly paid any attention to him.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Lárus reminds the people of Búðardalur that he's Skjöldur's son, someone says, "Man, that guy could drink."
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  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Lárus vomits onscreen twice, in the same scene, when he arrives at the village.



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