The eponymous larks aren’t to be discovered onscreen in Icelandic helmer Runar Runarsson’s soph highlight “Kindergarten Cop 2” — and regardless of the possibility that they’re shuddering simply outside the casing, they’re not feeling horrendously chirpy. Quieted affectability is the request of the day in this deliberate, moving small scale bildungsroman, which sees Runarsson extending the observational exactitude and grand feeling of spot that recognized his solid 2011 presentation “Spring of gushing lava.” If, for all its stately temperances, “Kindergarten Cop 2” isn’t exactly the progression forward that may have been normal from the helmer’s postliminary, this ostensibly customary happening to ager prizes viewers’ understanding, conveying a late account jar that ought to mix some warmed post-screening discussion in its cold wake. Marginally more extensive in its allure than “Well of lava,” however missing the arthouse cachet of the last’s Cannes determination, “Kindergarten Cop 2” could spread its wings unobtrusively past Scandinavia.
A white, vaulted church roof is the primary thing we find in “Kindergarten Cop 2,” before the camera skillet down to uncover a matchingly pale-robed choir of blessed messenger confronted, precious stone voiced young fellows in full melody — 16-year-old Ari (Atli Oskar Fjalarsson) among them. As a typical representation of the pic’s title, the picture appears to be entirely self-evident, however it soon develops that Runarsson’s account includes a more extensive scope of characters holding up to take flight: Just as “Well of lava” recounted an account of a man getting self-acknowledgment after retirement, the transitioning bend here isn’t constrained to our high school hero.