Defence attorney Gina Antonelli is sent to an Arctic village to defend 19 year-old Pauloosie, accused of committing a violent crime. Her rival, prosecutor Daniel Metz seeks the maximum ... See full summary »
A term that is descriptive in this lovely movie of Canadians who live south of the Inuit of Fortitude, NWT; but in reality that term is descriptive of any society that has marginalized its "native" cultures and peoples.
I gave it a rating of 9 out of 10 only because there had to be something in the movie that audiences would find fault in based on where they came from. However, in substance, this small film borders on being grand!
Writers and directors would find it difficult to capture a story of this magnitude in the normal length of time used for a movie and yet, this team of writers, director, and production values has accomplished all of this in a modest offering. Audiences will obviously respond to such an artistic effort with caution because it does not check most of the boxes necessary to make a modern film of this nature as a mainstream offering. However, without being trite, this small film has captured a fundamental essence of both our western culture and what we have lost in the acquisition of that culture.
The fact that the film accomplishes what it sets out to do without pandering to the audience; and without tons of CGI or A-list acting, just shows how much heart can exist when people take a risk on other people. That is a basic tenet of all indigenous cultures that I have viewed and is lacking in what we call advanced or modern cultures.
A lovely tale told with heart and even the modest actors, both professional and civilian, must have felt proud to have been associated with this effort. If not, they certainly should be in my opinion.