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Sparrows (2015)

Þrestir (original title)
Ari's teenage lifestyle in the big city is disrupted as he is sent by his mother to live with his uninvolved father and his grandmother in a small fishing village.

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Rúnar Rúnarsson
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Credited cast:
Rade Serbedzija ... Tomislav
Ingvar Sigurdsson ... Gunnar (as Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson)
Arna Magnea Danks ... Bassi's onkel (as Arnoddur Magnus Danks)
Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir ... Vera
Víkingur Kristjánsson Víkingur Kristjánsson ... Dagur
Atli Oskar Fjalarsson ... Ari
Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir Katla M. Þorgeirsdóttir ... Ösp
Jarkko Lahti ... Darijo
Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir ... Kristjana
Pálmi Gestsson Pálmi Gestsson ... Diddi
Kristbjörg Kjeld ... Grandmother
Eva Sigurdardottir ... Dance Competitor
Rakel Björk Björnsdóttir Rakel Björk Björnsdóttir ... Lára
Benedikt Benediktson Benedikt Benediktson ... Einar
Elín Árnadóttir Elín Árnadóttir ... María
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A coming-of-age story about the 16-year old boy Ari, who has been living with his mother in Reykjavik and is suddenly sent back to the remote Westfjords to live with his father Gunnar. There, he has to navigate a difficult relationship with his father, and he finds his childhood friends changed. In these hopeless and declining surroundings, Ari has to step up and find his way. Written by Jorge Reina

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A delicate portrait, sensible and truthful. See more »

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Drama

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Official submission of Iceland for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

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Remake of Two Birds (2008) See more »

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A dark coming of age story in breathtaking nature
19 February 2017 | by OJTSee all my reviews

Sparrows is an Icelandic coming of age movie about the teenage boy Ari, who is forced to move in with his estranged father when his mother goes to work in Africa. At first it looks like it goes well, after he reluctantly has accepted the move from the city to a rural fishing community, with all that this involves. Soon he starts to hate it. And from then on it goes down. The film grows darker without me telling more about this, not to spoil any. The film is not for those who wants a happy-go-lucky story, because it isn't.

The film is beautifully shot, and the actors are all doing an outstanding job, Atli Oskar Fjalarsson playing Ari in particular. The father, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, and grandmother Kristbjörg Kjeld is also outstanding, as well as Rade Serbedzija, who plays Timislav at his working place. Top notch, and once more another great film from Iceland.

The film is Rúnar Rúnarsson's second feature after the acclaimed "Eldfjall" ("Volcano"), and again he shows a great talent. It's also the second time main actor is in one of his films. Atli Oskar Fjalarsson also played in his "2 Birds" from 2008, as a kid.

The trailer gives an OK view of the film without telling too much, and not the dark parts. So then you're warned.


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Official Sites:

Nimbus Film [Denmark]

Country:

Iceland | Denmark | Croatia

Language:

Icelandic | English

Release Date:

18 October 2015 (Iceland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Iceland

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,165
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