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Arctic Son (2008)

Arctic Son , Andrew Walton  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Arctic Son
  • Directors: Andrew Walton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00197POXQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arctic Son" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

In this beautifully crafted cinema verité film festival favorite, the clash of tradition and modernity puts a Native father and son at odds in the remote village 80 miles above the Arctic Circle.

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1.0 out of 5 stars TEDIUM (notice the upper-case letters)! May 31, 2009
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A biracial Inuit is getting into drugs and alcohol in his mother's town, so he is sent to his Inuit father's small town in the Yukon. This documentary is meant to show the iconic tales of overcoming addiction and father-son bonding. Unfortunately, it is so boring and dull. Watching this tested my patience in so many painful ways.
I'm an African American and in my father's generation young folk who were getting into the city's bad habits were often sent to their grandparents' homes down south. I have a friend whose sister was sent to India for the same reason. Thus, I understand how moving to a "slower" environment is a tool that families of many cultures employ. Still, this work was painfully dull.
Both the father and the son speak in mumbly, monotone voices. Sometimes their words appear on the screen, but most times they do not. There's an old saying: "Idleness is the devil's tool." There is much addiction in rural or non-busy locales. This scene could drive a person to bad habits, rather than keeping one away from them. The father teaches his son survival tools, but they didn't seem like cultural ones. The son learns how to catch fish and skin rabbits. However, he never learns an indigenous language. For the most part, you never see him interacting with any other Inuits; it's just him and his father all boring day and night. He doesn't go to cultural events. He never goes to group therapy with other Inuits fighting addiction. The father sings songs, but they are mainstream country music songs. This has nothing to do with Pacific Northwest native culture.
The only scene I loved in this movie was when the father, son, and two other indigenous men were talking about how global warming was ruining their lives directly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Going Home February 23, 2012
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A native youth is getting into trouble in Seattle and his mother sends him to live with his father, who lives on the Old Crow Reservation in a cabin. The only entertainment is, the father plays the harmonica and sings. He also catches huge fish, hunts game, goes snowmobiling to get around, and basically lives off the land in a rustic Northwestern climate. One sees the son go through a gradual transformation. There is not much in terms of words being exchanged between them. The father is pretty stoic, but you can sense the love and warmth he feels toward his son as he teaches him the ways of his life. Wordless is the cultural nuances that the father is conveying to his son through his actions. The son, initially with hollow look in his eyes, builds energy, he follows along with his father, he learns the ways, he gets some direction, maybe he understands his father and himself better. The film shows the son returning to visit his mother and getting back into the city life ways, drinking and partying again and getting that hollow look in his eyes. What will he do? This movie is, among many things, a commentary about urban life where we have it all, but it is so superficial and lacking in depth and soul, it saps the soul of meaning and reverence. In contrast, living in nature where one must struggle to survive, in the elements, there is challenge, a test for a man to prove himself, one feels connected with nature, his roots, his traditions. This is being lost, has been lost, and what is the trend, the meaning, and the implications for our future? I saw this movie on PBS a few times and it lingers in my mind. It is a great movie.
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