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Overall Rating
4.03

Awesome51.35%
Worth A Look: 16.22%
Average: 21.62%
Pretty Bad: 5.41%
Total Crap: 5.41%

3 reviews, 19 user ratings


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Fast Runner (Atanarjuat), The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Shedding some mystery."
3 stars

Hailed as the first-ever [fiction] motion picture production from the Inuit Eskimos, the three-hour epic bildungsroman elaborates on some of the ins and outs of the frozen lifestyle, from love to lore.

The title character is the second-born in the Igloolik community his family resides in, along the Canadian Arctic. Mainly a tale of struggle, family camaraderie and love, the favored Atanarjuat is continually pitted against the son of a neighboring family and their jealousies and competition over a woman who was promised to the adversary, but prefers the protagonist. It takes a lot of sloshing through seal blubber before the meat of the storytelling is concentrated on and around, but it provides an insightful examination into a heretofore unscratched way of life. Their myth and lore still remain just as intact and shrouded in mystery, but their daily life is finally made clearer and available. Itís almost impossible to take in the beautiful blizzardy scenery without feeling some form of a chill.

Directed by Zacharias Kunuk. With Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Pakkak Innukshuk, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq and Lucy Tulugarjuk.

[See it if you must.]

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originally posted: 12/20/03 17:26:08
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2002 Seattle Film Festival. For more in the 2002 Seattle Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

10/21/17 MANNY Had to watch and write a review about this movie For Indigenous class. WORST MOVIE EVER 1 stars
6/25/13 PAUL SHORTT UNIQUE, COMPELLING, DAZZLING, BEAUTIFULLY MADE HUMAN DRAMA 5 stars
11/16/06 David Some slow sections, but still a tremendous film 5 stars
5/31/06 Clara Amazing! One of a kind, a must see. 5 stars
12/30/05 Xiu Lan I loved it!!! 5 stars
8/12/05 ALDO um, boring. I left the theater. I never leave the theater. 2 stars
7/25/04 Phil M. Aficionado You really can't rate this film, and it is a long slog but beautifully made. 3 stars
7/07/03 y2mckay Would have been better suited as a documentary - grinds along at the speed of an ice floe 2 stars
4/06/03 Gertrude cultural tour de force-engrossing 5 stars
3/08/03 Mary Haling Excellent, worth seeing twice, memorable women 5 stars
2/02/03 Rob Good film, but can be an endurance test. Overhyped as first inuit movie 3 stars
12/18/02 Barbara F Wedlake If the reviewer thinks the Inuit live "with no technology" then this film has failed! 5 stars
12/12/02 Lincoln Parrett amazing photography and look at Inuit culture 5 stars
12/02/02 ezra i felt so priveledged to have seen this film on the big screen in my mother's land , Alaska 5 stars
10/20/02 Beavis This movie sucks all balls and let me tell you, there's a 2 minute scene of flapping balls 1 stars
9/14/02 m. clare (alaskanspirit@gci.net) can we get this in video, is it showing in Tennessee?i want my daughter to see it. 5 stars
9/04/02 Karen Amazing, in detail and vision 5 stars
8/17/02 Ron This film haunts you for days after seeing it and that sure as hell doesn't happen often. 5 stars
6/04/02 Glen Incredible film, best of 2002 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  07-Jun-2002 (R)
  DVD: 11-Feb-2003

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