Symbolism and realism in Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows

In the embrace of the steep, secretive mountains – almost constantly wrapped in a veil of clouds – in the Westfjords region of Iceland a remote, sleepy fishing village is paid a visit by a rara avis from Reykjavik: a 16-year-old fragile boy, Ari (Atli Óskar Fjalarsson Ingvar), who is rushed by his mother to