Outrageous Icelandic comedy Ordinary People now streaming in the U.S. and Canada on MHz Choice!

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Fast-paced and hilarious, Ordinary People (Federation International) hails from Iceland and centers around the friendship of Vala (Vala Kristin Eiriksdottir) and Júlíana (Júlíana Sara Gunnarsdóttir). (The conceit here seems to be that the pair, who also write and produce the show, are playing exaggerated versions of themselves ala Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm). Best friends since drama school, Vala and Júlíana have taken different paths in life – with Vala in unsuccessful pursuit of an acting career while Júlíana has stepped away from acting to have two children with her dim-witted husband Tómas (Hilmar Guðjónsson in a scene-stealing performance).

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L to R: Vala Kristin Eiriksdottir and Júlíana Sara Gunnarsdóttir in Ordinary People

Decidedly in the #MeToo era, Vala has a disastrous encounter with studio bros who are looking to paper over their past reputations with a female-led production. They end up inviting both Vala and her “funny friend” Júlíana to host their own TV show. Yes – Vala’s years of perseverance have paid off! But instead of co-hosting a talk show, Vala ends up relegated as a sidekick character. Everything is tested – friendship, marriage, motherhood, ambition – as success is unevenly distributed between the two friends.

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