Far North (15)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Wed Oct 10 2007

Those hoping to avoid the cold might want to skip director Asif Kapadia’s latest ethnographically interested mini-epic, an adaptation of an Arctic-set story by feminist Sara Maitland. The tundra is as breathtaking as the acting is solid. Michelle Yeoh and Michelle Krusiec, decked out in Inuit chic, are suitably fierce as the cursed and lonely hunter and adopted daughter. They are ever canoeing or sledding together, away from their murderous fellow man, until Sean Bean’s half-dead escapee soldier falls in their path and divides them.
 
It’s strange and eerie – in a bad way. It could be the Middle Ages, except for the radios and listening stations on the horizon. The politics are obscure too, with marauding groups suggestive of a fascist near-future. Themes of survival, savagery, maternalism and rivalry are unresolved. Disappointing.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Dec 26, 2008

Duration:

89 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Asif Kapadia

Cast:

Michelle Yeoh, Michelle Krusiec, Sean Bean

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Jordan

I honestly thought it was all going well until the end, I was massively disappointed by how the end of the movie works out, it makes very little sense, although the shots are good and acting is decent I still think they could have done better

Svalbardian

One of the worst film I have ever seen. Filmed here on Svalbard and the only highlights were seeing some people I know featuring in the movie. The dog driving is so far removed from what is reality and the mistakes in portraing life in the arctic are numerous. bad bad bad

leah

I found the film idea very interesting. Like a Greek tragey. Wherever and whomever we are, our basic instincts remain the same. I liked the ending as it pulled the film together. I didn't like the acting as I felt these two women were sometimes as delicate as an English mum and daughter having tea at the Ritz when in fact, they were eating raw flesh. I liked the silences. Found the harshness of snow, leathers, furs and ice an interesting place to put them. But how the man ever found them or how he was found, seemed implausible. I don't know how they spent the time. I'd like to read it as a short story. If it was taut and the man somewhat less attractive, it would have been more credible.

Burt

I thought Far North was a fantastic film, beautifully shot, superbly acted and if for no other reason people should go champion and support one of the very few British film directors that is actually making well crafted, mature, thought provoking films. Go see........... it's the best thing you'll see for a long time.

Burt

I thought Far North was a fantastic film, beautifully shot, superbly acted and if for no other reason people should go champion and support one of the very few British film directors that is actually making well crafted, mature, thought provoking films. Go see........... it's the best thing you'll see for a long time.

svalbard inhabitant

I Live in Spitsbergen where the film was shot and this is one of the worst films I have ever seen! The carecters are without personallity and the story not believable.