Flabbergasting images and a delightfully dry sense of humor make “Of Horses and Men” a debut worthy of celebration. Stage and shorts helmer Benedikt Erlingsson reveals an astonishingly inventive eye and a sensitivity to the confluence of spirit between man and animal that’s impossible to capture in words, balancing desire and jealousy with the cycles of life and repping a boldly distinctive vision set in a quirky horse-riding community in the stunning Icelandic countryside.
A confident if slightly ungainly new talent emerges from Iceland in the form of award-winning stage-director Benedikt Erlingsson, whose big-screen debut Of Horses and Men (Hross i oss) is already his country's most successful cinematic export since the pre-crisis, pre-volcano days. (...) Ruggedly quirky charmer. (...) strikingly good-looking if somewhat narratively uneven.