Rainbow's End

In Iceland, on the borders of the inhabitable world, three people are searching for the rainbow's end, groping towards the frontiers of their dreams and aspirations: the mother, who never became a singer, eking out a living by knitting; the daughter, embarking on a brilliant parliamentary career only to find herself campaigning to flood her ancestral home, the valley where her mother was born; and the son, living a marginal existence which for him has become reality, and resorting to the occult in order to regain his lover, who has been driven to suicide by despair.

Separated from each other by their situations and yet thrust together by the impetus of their lives, these three wage a bitter struggle marked by memories and forebodings. The mother is haunted by an insistent past which pervades her present: the daughter is torn by a boundless energy which she cannot channel: while the son, befogged by his consuming faith in the irrational, attempts in despair to recover from death the forces of love and life. At the focus of these two domains, the supernatural and the powers of nature combine to weave their destinies.

About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    April 2, 1983, Austubæjarbíó
  • Genre
  • Length
    112 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Á hjara veraldar
  • International Title
    Rainbow's End
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
    Dolby Stereo
  • Screening format and subtitles
    35mm film with English sub.

Company Credits


  • 2012
    Images from the Edge: Classic and Contempory Films from Iceland, Lincoln Center, New York
  • 1985
    Kvikmyndahátíð kvenna

Television distribution

  • Iceland
    RÚV, 1990