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Absorbing story, a harsh land captured in superb cinematograpy
on December 16, 2016
Rented this movie from a video store years ago. Was caught off guard by its dramatic cinematography. So, while nailed with a flu this week, something triggered me to recollect this survival tale, and I looked up its name. then watched it on Amazon.
Many will react to the character Charlie being an over-the-top caricature for the self-centered playboy; the master of tantrums when things don't go well. True enough. But having his life saved 10 times over by a completely devoid-of-selfishness Eskimo stranger brings about a transformation that is convincing and elegantly portrayed. The Eskimo Kanaalaq is not phased by the desolate wilderness and its monumental challenges. She is patient, but purposeful at following the indigenous ways and belief systems of her kin. She lets Charlie enter her world at his own pace and as this plays out, we realize who is really rescuing whom in this harsh land. No denying that Kanaalaq is stunningly cast by a real Inuit with no acting history. Nifty movie making by the Canadian company.