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Pathfinder (1987)

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Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjuder", roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little ... See full summary »

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Aigin
Ingvald Guttorm ...
Aigin's Father
Nils Utsi ...
Raste
Henrik H. Buljo ...
Dorakas
Nils-Aslak Valkeapää ...
Siida-Isit
Helgi Skúlason ...
Tsjuderen med arret
Inger Utsi ...
Aigin's Sister
Svein Scharffenberg ...
Tsjuderen, høvding
Knut Walle ...
Tchude Interpreter
John Sigurd Kristensen ...
Tchude Strongman
Sara Marit Gaup ...
Sahve
Anne-Marja Blind ...
Varia
Ellen Anne Buljo ...
Aigin's Mother
Svein Birger Olsen ...
Diemis
Sverre Porsanger ...
Sierge
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Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjuder", roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little daughter, the families teenage son, Aigin, observes the slaughter. He manages to flee from these killers and reaches a camp with other Lapps whose inhabitants are worried if he has been able to hide his track. Afraid of the murderous people, they decide to flee to the coast. The boy stays alone to avenge his families murder. Unfortunately, they get him before he can do anything and force him to lead them to the other Lapps. He guides them but has a plan to destroy the barbarous people before reaching the camp. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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The villains in the film, the "tjuder", are not supposed to vikings as some sources claim. Tjud or chud is a term historically applied in the early Russian annals to several Finnic peoples. They often appear in Sami stories (like the one which this film is based on) as traditional, generic villains. Vikings where a trade among the Norse (Scandinavian) Germanic tribes. Note that the clothing and weaponry of the "tjuder" in the film are very different from the ones used by viking. The script actually stated the "tjuder" to be eastern. But the filmmakers felt it would be offensive to Russian viewers so they made up a language for them to speak, making their origin rather vague. See more »

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Sierge: We'll see more from the crest.
Diemis: It'll be dark soon. What is it?
Sierge: The boy shouldn't be out there.
Diemis: Why?
Sierge: He's bad luck.
Diemis: Come on.
Sierge: No, I'll stay.
Diemis: All you'll find up here are the spirits of the mountains.
Sierge: Spirits? It's not spirits we have to fear.
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Powerful, timeless, evocative
19 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The photography is beautiful. The story hooks you very quickly. The movie has something for everyone: action, romance, nature, mysticism. I saw it 20 years ago and forgot the name. I posted on IMDb and another viewer knew the movie based on my description. It takes place in prehistoric time, but the characters are very human: you feel as if they are family. While there are subtitles, there is not much dialog: you can follow the movie very well without even looking at them. The photography is stunning. Not only is the scenery gorgeous, but the camera angles and the scene composition is wonderful. This is a movie which will bless you with its memory for the rest of your life.


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