Directed by: Zacharias Kunuk
Starring: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu, Pauloosie Qulitalik, Eugene Ipkarnak, Pakak Innuksuk, Neeve Irngaut, Abraham UlayurulukApayata Kotierk, Mary Quliatlik, Luke Taqqaugaq, Alex Uttak
Synopsis: Atanarjuat is in love with Atuat who has been promised to the chief's son Oki who is affected by an evil spirit.
At times it feels very much like a documentary with its silent yet visually stunning depictions of Inuit life including igloo building, hunting, and celebrations, but I have to admit to never having sat through a three hour documentary.
The story itself is certainly not new, but the perspective is. It is amazing for its uniqueness. See it for what you have never seen before.Added 02 November 2003 at 12:43 PM
I've had this review sitting around for months. I kept changing the wording but the essence of what I was trying to say stayed the same. Guess it's time I posted the damn thing.
It's long and slow-moving and interesting. However, apart from the fact that it features an all-Inuit cast and that it's filmed entirely in Inuktitut, I'm not sure what makes it a "masterpiece" as some critics have called it. I must be missing something.
Anyway, it's certainly worth a look, if only because it's unique. And pay special attention to the scenery. You'll come away with a new appreciation for trees.