The maturity of a teenage city boy is measured to the extremes in this rural coming-of-age drama set amongst the Icelandic Westfjords. Sparrows captures the essential factors that make up teenage dramas, and though these themes may seem predictable, director Rúnar Rúnarsson filters in the Icelandic culture and attitude to give this film a necessary difference that excludes it from typical teenage drama genres.

The white vaulted Hallgrímskirkja is the first thing we see in the film before the camera reveals a pale-robed choir of teenage boys. One of these . . .

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Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.