Mary Poppins Returns
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In spite of its artfully slow pace Sparrows is bustling with cliché.
The intention of this film is to show the dirty aspects of a perfect society in a broken and cold way. [Full review in Spanish]
A film that truly manage to show that failure can unite people. [Full review in Spanish]
Rúnar Rúnarsson sets his story in a social climate of hostility, where sexual initiation is strongly linked to the macho swagger, and where the young educated in the city will feel rejected. [Full review in Spanish]
Sparrows allows us an unsparing glimpse into a life we might never know ourselves.
What marks Rúnarsson's film out from so many similar coming-of-age film is its strong sense of place and the inner strength of his central character.
Be careful of this deceitful film. Ninety per cent of it is about a schoolboy who looks like a Michelangelo and sings divinely, his charming school kid friends, his wise grandmother and his immature rough-artist father who has to grow up as the boy is starting to grow up. You are sitting back enjoying the Icelandic scenery and quaint lifestyles. Then there is warning shot, literally, a scene of shooting a seal for sport - the shot seems to have missed, one hopes. Then the boy is sexually abused. Then his schoolgirl girlfriend is raped and duped like a fool. So the film leads you along thinking it is an intelligent piece and finishes by displaying voyeuristic child abuse. Half a star, for the beautiful seal. Minus many stars for the sexist, sly effort to get this kind of despicable pornography into mainstream cinema.
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