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Far North [DVD] [2007]

3.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Michelle Krusiec, Sean Bean, Michelle Yeoh
  • Directors: Asif Kapadia
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TLWQYM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,940 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Thriller set in the desolate Arctic tundra, based on a short story by Sara Maitland. Saiva (Michelle Yeoh) is a woman who has lived her life under a curse put upon her at birth. She and Anja (Michelle Krusiec), her beautiful adopted daughter, are the sole survivors of an indigenous tribe of reindeer herders slaughtered by a troop of marauding soldiers, and they struggle to survive on the scarce prey they can kill. When Saiva finds an injured and starving soldier, Loki (Sean Bean), who is also on the run from the marauding band, she takes him in and the two women nurse him back to health as the long winter nights draw in. But when Loki and Anja grow close and start to fall in love, devastating consequences lie in store for all three.

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This is a film about the relaationship betwen two women that is disturbed when Sean Bean enters the picture prompting jelousy and violence. This is set in a beautiful and lonely backdrop. It has been very underrated. Ultimately tragic.
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This is a beautifully made artic thriller that genuinely moved me. Asif Kapadia makes great use of the stunning landscapes in which the film was shot and the sparse story is infused with a mythic melancholy that is genuinely touching. The shock ending only serves to strengthen the fable like quality that makes this film a must see for any cinephile.
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Following the hyperactive digital visual style employed in Danny Boyle's recent hit 'Slumdog Millioanaire', I found myself yearning for celluloid: properly framed, well-photographed shots that last more than a matter of seconds. Asif Kapadia's 'Far North' is the polar (pun intended) opposite of Boyle's mish-mashy 1000 bpm filmmaking style, replete with all the sustained long shots on celluloid your Slumdog-addled eyes could possibly lap up. It is practically one sustained 'longeur' of suggested menace and isolation. The problem is, it is also an extremely slight work, hiding a paucity of ideas behind imposing glacial landscapes. As beautiful as 'Far North' is, I can find similar photography in the National Geographic, but for great cinema I'll have to go elsewhere.

The plot sees the delicate balance in the lives of two women surviving in a glacial landscape disturbed when they discover the half-dead body of a soldier and subsequently nurse him back to health. The women seem to be in hiding from an oppressive military force in an unspecified polar territory, but little is made explicit. What is strange about the film is that the two central characters, played by Michelle Yeoh and Michelle Krusiec, are of Far Eastern appearance (they are of Malaysian and Chinese descent, respectively) while the man who interrupts their harmonious existence is an Englishman (Sean Bean), and the baddies seem to be notionally Russian. However, the little dialogue that does take place is in English and no-one seems quite sure what accent to speak.
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Far North [DVD] [2007]
The film is o.k. but methinks someone has perhaps watched Kaneto Shindo's film from 1964 called ONIBABA and thought,now there's a good idea for a film!
If anyone thinks Far North is half decent,try ONIBABA,it's similar but different,and much better,and you'll be impressed.(Even though it is in black and white and 46 years old.)
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A wonderful and strange movie, with some nice shocking scenes. The landscape of Svalbard is shown wonderfully. I attended the premier of the movie in Svalbard in Jan 2008. Got to meet Michelle Yeoh and Asif Kapadia and comment on the film.
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One of the best movie in the last jears.
Very good actor`s and a good story . Great Pictures !

Not a Blockbuster, but a very good Movie .
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