Icelandic coming-of-age drama, Sparrows, is an ultra-realistic depiction following sixteen year old Ari (Atli Oskar Fjalarsson ) transitioning from living with his mother, to reluctantly moving back to the town he grew up in with his father.

This film is a beautifully accurate depiction of teenage life, with Fjalarsson mesmerising as young Ari. The script is tightly written; the characters are completely believable without relying upon hyperbole to convey their actions.

Striking cinematography, with a consistently gritty yet grounded tone, carries the film from start to finish, with the first act admittedly being a bit of a slow burn. When the film kicks off it doesn’t give up, proceeding to raise the bar beyond audience expectations.

However, Sparrows may not be for everyone. It explores extremely dark themes, all the while taking the viewer through a range of emotions, leaving your heart racing beyond the credits. To writer/director Rúnar Rúnarsson, I say take a bow. This is a strong contender for Best Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Calum North

Sat 18 June, 6.05pm, Cineworld

Sun 19 June, 6.20pm, Filmhouse

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