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The Last Farm is a 2004 short film (17 minutes) from Iceland, directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson.

An old man, Hrafn, lives with his wife Groa in a farmhouse on the rocky coast. He is cutting planks of wood, apparently to weatherproof his house against the coming winter. Chatter while talking with his daughter, and later with the mailman, reveals that soon Hrafn and Groa are supposed to be leaving their remote farmhouse for an old folks' home in the city. It turns out that Hrafn has no intention of going.


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  • Buried Alive: Hrafn does this to himself, lying down next to Groa's coffin before pulling the rope that dumps all the dug-out earth back onto her coffin, and him.
  • Down on the Farm: A remote farmhouse by the coast.
  • Due to the Dead: Hrafn puts lipstick on Groa's lips before lowering her into the freshly dug grave.
  • Driven to Suicide: Not only is Hrafn going to an old folks' home, he's going alone, because Groa has just died. So he kills himself, burying himself in the grave he dug for the two of them.
  • The Last Title: The Last Farm, since Hrafn is leaving.
  • Lonely Funeral: It is when you haven't told anyone your wife died and are burying her yourself.
  • "Pan Up to the Sky" Ending: The last shot, after the first clods of dirt start hitting Hrafn's face, is a pan up to the sky.

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