Map of the Human Heart

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Time Out says

Ward's ambitious epic love story covers two continents and three decades and, its execution apart, could have sprung from one of those fat romantic chronicles written for the typing pool. But Ward has an extravagant visual imagination so that even the more outlandish scenes, like the hero and heroine finally consummating their passion on a half-deflated barrage balloon, linger in the mind. Where lack of money cramps his vision of WWII bombing raids on Germany, the director achieves a pleasing shorthand with lighting. Map-maker Bergin lands his biplane in Canada's Arctic Circle and befriends an Inuit boy with TB, flying him to a Montreal hospital, where he becomes best friends with a half-caste Indian girl on Moreau's ward. Ten years later, the friendship has blossomed into love. Fate intervenes at an indecent rate, serving up plenty of misunderstandings, but the mise-en-scène is stunning. Go with the floe.
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Release details

UK release:

1992

Duration:

109 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Vincent Ward

Cast:

Anne Parillaud, Jeanne Moreau, Patrick Bergin, Jason Scott Lee, John Cusack

Music:

Gabriel Yared

Production Designer:

John Beard

Editor:

Frans Vandenburg, John Scott

Cinematography:

Eduardo Serra

Screenwriter:

Louis Nowra

Producer:

Vincent Ward, Tim Bevan

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ed

An amazing example of a masterpiece chopped to pieces in the editing room. The mind boogles at what the original cut was like. Instead here we a hurried along from briefly entrancing scene to the next, with few chances to engage with these possibly really interesting characters. One fo the strangest international casts ever...and what has happened to the 3 leads? All disappeared off to "DTV" land...sadly. An half-absent masterpiece? We'll never know, we can only guess... Poor Vincent Ward.

ed

An amazing example of a masterpiece chopped to pieces in the editing room. The mind boogles at what the original cut was like. Instead here we a hurried along from briefly entrancing scene to the next, with few chances to engage with these possibly really interesting characters. One fo the strangest international casts ever...and what has happened to the 3 leads? All disappeared off to "DTV" land...sadly. An half-absent masterpiece? We'll never know, we can only guess... Poor Vincent Ward.

onebadgewriter

An improbable (but riveting) love story told against stunning backdrops of the ice of Northern Canada and fire of bombing raids on Germany. I really enjoyed it except for the nagging doubt that given the hero's history of tuberculosis it was hardly likely that he would have passed the strict medical examination undertaken by potential aircrcrew trainees.

onebadgewriter

An improbable (but riveting) love story told against stunning backdrops of the ice of Northern Canada and fire of bombing raids on Germany. I really enjoyed it except for the nagging doubt that given the hero's history of tuberculosis it was hardly likely that he would have passed the strict medical examination undertaken by potential aircrcrew trainees.