In an Icelandic community everyone owns a horse; there is Kolbeinn who has a beautiful white mare who he cherishes for its innocent beauty. Kolbeinn also is fond of Solveig who he rides to see much to the amusement of those nearby who enjoy watching what is going on through their binoculars. But there are others and their horses with some looking to protect their land by placing up fences whilst others having to make a huge sacrifice when they are caught in the middle of nowhere on a freezing night.
I have never been much of a horse person; it's not that I don't like them I've just had nothing to do with horses in my life. But I got to see two scenes from "Of Horses and Men" which was simply enough to make me want to see this Icelandic horse movie. Now one of those revolves around the often used publicity shot of shall we say horny horses a man caught in an embarrassing position. But then there was another and all I will say is that fans of the Star Wars movies will know what Luke did to stay warm at night.
In a way those two scenes work well to describe how "Of Horses and Men" comes across as we have the comical involving horny horses, the touching when you see how much a horse means to the people but also the shocking which is the way of life when it comes to managing horses. And this mix plays throughout the movie so we will see something as matter of fact as having to drive the horses across country combined with something quirky such as a sex scene, a completely unglamorous one at that.
The thing is that I am glad I've watched "Of Horses and Men" but not only do I find myself kind of lost for words to describe this unusual movie but I am not sure I would want to watch it again. Yet I can't lie and I thoroughly enjoyed this unusual movie.
What this all boils down to is that "Of Horses and Men" is with out a doubt is an unusual experience and an enjoyable one but it is the sort of movie which will only work if you are open minded to what a movie should be.