Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min


Ari, dear.

Will you please get out of bed.

We need to get going.

We can't depart like this.


I don't want to move.

I know, but I'm going to places

that aren't for children.

I wouldn't be able to

take care of you.

You won't just be with your dad.

Your granny is there too

and she's dying to see you.

Please get up, dear.

There's no room for the bike in the car.

-I'm not going without it.

There's no room for it.

Put it in the truck.

Come here, darling.

I'm going to miss you so much,

you know that.

I'll call you later.

It will be fine, I promise.


Hi buddy.


Is that all you've got?


How was the flight?

It was fine.

No turbulence?

No, just a bit.

The tunnel had opened before you moved ?


Are you sure?

Yeah, I'm certain.

Makes the journey

a lot shorter.

Now we live here.

-I know, Mom told me.

Yes... Hello.

I'm on my way.

We eat at Mom's at 7.

But rush over to her

because she's waiting for you.

I have to get back to work.

You have the second room upstairs.

Everything alright?


Oh, my darling boy.

My dearest, darling boy.

It's so good to see you.

-Hi Grandma.

It's been ages since

I've seen you, dear.

The last time was

the Christmas concert on TV.

You sang so beautifully.

-Yeah, thanks.

How was Spain?

Fine. We old ladies

drank quite a lot, though.

Would you like some coffee?

-No thanks, I don't drink coffee.

No, he doesn't drink coffee.

Your mom called earlier.

Did she reach you?


That was nice.

I spoke to her husband

the other day.

What a charming man.

And they've moved to Angola.

No, Uganda.

And then they go on to Kenya, Ethiopia

and a few other places.

I don't care what your father says.

I admire your mothers energy.

Mmm... Good.

I walked by

our old house earlier on.

You did?


Has the house been for sale long?

Yes, since the bank

took it. And the boat.

Please have some more to eat, boys.

Would you pass me the jam?

-Sure, there you go.

Hey, I had a word with Diddi

about you earlier.

So, he's expecting you

for work tomorrow morning.


-Yes, work.

Did you plan to stay in bed

until school starts?


Could you pass me back the jam?


It doesn't stay this bright

at night in Reykjavk?


We are a lot farther north here.



Hi. Dagur.


Welcome to the West.


I'm going upstairs.

-Alright mate.

Look, the rules have changed.

The boy is living with

me now. Get it?

Yes, yes.

You can't just waltz

in and out of here anymore.

No, no, no.

You have a cigarette?

-Yes, of course.

This is my new assistant.

He is as strong

as a 6-year old girl.

See you later.





Wow! I can't believe it.

Great to see you.

You too.

Been here long?

-No, just got here yesterday.

Stopping long?

Well, I've actually moved back.


I'm working at the

fish factory this summer.

Then I'll be going to

school here in the autumn.



This is Einar, my boyfriend.

This is Ari, a childhood friend.



Shouldn't we get going?


See you.





Hey, was that little Lra out there?

What? Yes.

Really? She's matured quite a bit!

-Dad, please!

Don't be so touchy.

How long has this foreigner that your

mother married been in Iceland?

About eight years.

-Eight years?

I tried calling your mother

and he answered the phone.

Doesn't he speak any Icelandic?

Yes, he does.

He just has an accent.

We always speak in Icelandic.

Well, I couldn't understand

a single word he said.

Been long since you went hunting?

-Yes, it's been a while.

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Rúnar Rúnarsson

Rúnar Rúnarsson (born January 20, 1977 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic screenwriter and director. Films for which he is credited as both writer and director include the feature film Volcano and the short films Anna, Two Birds, and The Last Farm. His second feature, Sparrows, is a coming-of-age story that was released in 2015. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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