The setting is often a powerful force in a movie and this is certainly the case in ‘Rams’, set in a small rural town in Iceland. The local economy and community identity revolve around sheep. When scrapie is diagnosed among one of the flocks, it spells ruin for everyone, including two estranged brothers. Although they live next door to each other, conscious at all times of each other’s movements, they have not spoken for decades. The bleak, unforgiving environment is an unlikely but memorable setting for an unexpected love story.