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  • Actors: Jason Scott Lee, Anne Parillaud, Patrick Bergin, Robert Joamie, Annie Galipeau
  • Directors: Vincent Ward
  • Writers: Vincent Ward, Louis Nowra
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Graham Bradstreet, Harvey Weinstein, Linda Beath, Paul Saltzman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001MDQ58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,025 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Map of the Human Heart" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 4 deleted scenes

Editorial Reviews

From the acclaimed director of WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, MAP OF THE HUMAN HEART is a visually stunning love story that would last a lifetime! When a half-Eskimo boy named Avik (Jason Scott Lee -- DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY) leaves his Arctic home with a British mapmaker (Patrick Bergin -- BENEATH LOCH NESS) to seek medical attention in Canada, it marks the first steps in an epic personal journey. In Montreal Avik meets Albertine (Anne Parillaud -- LA FEMME NIKITA), a half-Indian girl with whom his life will be forever linked. Spanning decades and distance through war and adversity, their star-crossed relationship becomes a grand romantic adventure of never-ending intensity! Featuring a memorable appearance by big-screen favorite John Cusack (RUNAWAY JURY) -- you'll agree with critics everywhere who raved about this outstanding motion picture!

Customer Reviews

It is both emotionally poignant and visually beautiful.
D. Roberts
The conclusion of this movie is something that is very special and needs to be witnessed directly on film, so I will omit it from the review.
He meets the love of his life as a young boy and they continue to be involved for years to come.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on December 23, 2000
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So far as I am concerned, this is one of the greatest movies that hardly anyone has ever seen. It is both emotionally poignant and visually beautiful.
The film stars Jason Scott Lee. I have always admired him... This is the only movie that I can recall seeing him in where he does not do any martial arts / fighting scenes at all. Instead, all is focused on his remarkable acting abilities...
Patrick Bergin also stars as a rather ambiguous character. During most of the movie, one is not quite sure what to think of him. His performance is top knotch.
The film is set over about a 50 year time span (or so): WWI in northern Canada, WWII London and late 1960s northern Canada. The film depicts the story of a Canadian eskimo boy(later played by Lee) who is befriended by a RAF gentleman (Bergin). The boy grows up and becomes a bombadier in the RAF in WWII. Along the way, he falls in love with a mysterious Indian girl.
The movie centers around the (to this day) controversial decision to bomb Dresden, Germany. By the time the option was selected to bomb this venerable city, the war was all but officially over. What made it so controversial was that 900 year old Dresden was not in any way, shape or form a military target. It contained (and still does) Germany's most valued treasures; her best opera houses, museums, art galleries and historical architecture. The lone reason for the bombing lay in the fact that the allies wanted to "teach Germany a lesson" for her audacity. The bombing caused a firestorm in the city which killed more people than the A-bombs of Nagasaki and Hiroshima combined.
It is recommended that anyone who watches this movie also read Thomas Mann's "Dr. Faustus" alongside it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Caraculiambro on June 8, 2004
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The five stars are for the movie, not necessarily the DVD, which, after an inexplicable wait, has finally arrived on shelves. I'll leave it to others to talk about the movie itself; I'll just make a few points about the DVD.

First of all, you should be aware that this is the European edit, not the American one, which for reasons unknown to me was not the version chosen for the DVD transfer. The American version runs about 109 minutes, the European PAL version about 5 minutes longer. There are a couple of scenes that until now only the Europeans could see (for example, after Walter tells Albertine, "I'd do anything for you," he takes her into the next room where he has secreted a horse into their apartment!). Now this is included. Another difference that will be immediately noticeable is that the voice of Avik and Albertine's daughter is no longer voiced over with that sweet and mellifluous voice, but is now the raucous and heavily accented voice of the actress you see: quite jarring if you've never heard it before. In addition, the European version was much more leisurely with the editing pace (such as during the interview between Avik's daughter and him on the snow: there are many extra lines now), with longer establishing shots, Avik nearly getting run over by a snowplow, etc., and this more relaxed pace has been preserved.


1. "Map of the Human Heart" was not filmed in 1.85:1 as I long thought, but full widescreen, 2.35:1, and provided your player is set up to play it, this DVD will play the full "dollar". This is not, however, the tremendous experience rabid fans of this movie might think it is, since I feel director Vincent Ward didn't really use that extra space off to the sides, so you haven't been missing much.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By casualsuede on September 12, 2000
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Being an ex-pat Canadian, I was sort of suspicious of this movie and wondered if it would capture the heart and soul of Northern Arctic Canada.
After all, the director is from New Zealand and among the leads, there are two American's, One Irish, Two French people....Not a Canadian among them!
However, my fears were put to rest in the opening 10 minutes of this movie....
The main character is a boy named Avik, who is a half Inuit/Caucasian boy. He has no mother or father and is being raised by his grandmother who loves him dearly. He life is changed one day when a great bird lands in their tribal lands and produces a Cartographer named Walter Russell. The bird of course is a Plane and in 1931, no Inuit has ever seen this before and are naturally suspicious of it. However, Avik is not and this magnificent sight changes his life forever. Russell is staying with the Inuit tribe as he maps their region for world maps. However, he finds out that Avik develops Tuberculosis (the white man's disease) and take's him back to Montreal for treatment at a Catholic Hospital.
There, he meets Albertine, who is half Indian/Caucasian and this similarity of being a "half-breed" draws them together. As their friendship blossoms deeper, they find out that they are "soulmates", sharing the perfect innocent love. However, Albertine, who can easily pass off as a White person is separated from Avik and sent away by Sister Banville (played with stern harshness by Jeanne Moreau). Avik, in his anguish, breaks into the X-ray room and steals an X-ray of Albertine's heart. That photograph represents the love that Albertine will show for the rest of the movie.
7 years later Avik is back in the Arctic and things are not going well.
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