John and Reverend John

He is accused of a good deal; collecting all kinds of rubbish around the refectory farm, allowing the place to deteriorate and general incompetence as a farmer. In addition, he is said not being able to control his temper, to have isolated himself from his flock and because of his oddness and idiosyncrasies his sanity has also been questioned.

Is Reverend Jón an incompetent priest? If so, why isn’t he allowed to stay at his farm? Is it because he underfeeds his sheep? Or is it because members of the congregation want to get their hands on his eider down farm for themselves? Or is it simply his appearance, contradicting the accepted notions of what a pastor should be, that has triggered the hostilities towards him.

This documentary does not however examine the justice or injustice of the accusations against Reverend Jón. Instead, it follows his story and focuses directly on the man himself, his personality and life-style, and how he strives to keep his dignity through the enormous difficulty of being rejected by the small community in such a remote place, torn in his own mind between self-accusation and bitterness against those who have succeeded in having him dismissed and deprived him of his home and the existence he has chosen.

About the film

  • Type
  • Length
    72 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Jón og séra Jón
  • International Title
    John and Reverend John
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Color

Company Credits


  • 2011
    Skjaldborg - Award: Best film