Map of the Human Heart (1992)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  14 May 1993 (USA)
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Fantastic improbabilities, happenstance and the undying bridge of love are part of this romantic fantasy about an Inuit who crosses years, oceans and the ravages of WWII to find his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Joamie ...
Young Avik
Annie Galipeau ...
Young Albertine
Walter Russell
The Mapmaker
Sister Banville
Jerry Snell ...
Jayko Pitseolak ...
Avik's Grandmother
Matt Holland ...
Flight Navigator
Rebecca Vevee ...
Inuit Cook
Josape Kopalee ...
Inuit Elder
Reepah Arreak ...
Avik's Girlfriend


Fantastic improbabilities, happenstance and the undying bridge of love are part of this romantic fantasy about an Inuit who crosses years, oceans and the ravages of WWII to find his childhood love, a Metis girl, but finds that their cultures are the most difficult spaces to gap. Written by Keith Loh <>

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Born in the magic of youth. Forged by the passions of war. Their love knew no boundaries.

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Rated R for some language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

14 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avik e Albertine  »

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$2,806,881 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Falling behind schedule and over-budget, Vincent Ward regularly loaded the camera just before the day was scheduled to end so they could continue filming. Law stipulated filming could continue until film ran out but could not be reloaded. See more »


[first lines]
Avik: Holy boy, the cavalry's here.
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Ma Metisse
Music by Gabriel Yared
Lyrics by Louis Nowra and Philippe Ringenbach
Performed by Marie Pelissier
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Memorable and Haunting.....A Hidden Gem
10 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Did you ever feel you "discovered" something or somebody: a real gem that none of your friends knew about? Well, that's the way I feel about this film, a real sleeper than few people have ever heard about. When they see it - at least the friends I've shown it to - they enjoy it, too. This is an excellent romance story that's quite different, quite touching and quite haunting. This is one of the few movies that actually cost me some sleep after I first saw it one evening.

The two main characters are "half-breeds," Avik (or "Holy Boy") is an Eskimo- white man and "Albertine," an Indian-French female. Both are well-played as kids and as adults. The filmmakers did an amazing job finding two kids who really look like the two adults probably would have looked like when they were young and with the same voice inflections and accents.

As adults Jason Scott Lee and Anne Parillaud are memorable. So is the cinematography, particularly the Dresden bombing scene which is simply jaw- dropping.

Warning: the movie is heart-wrenching at times with not a happy ending, but I think that helps make this film so memorable, so haunting. Even the music is haunting.

This is a strange, mystical movie. Either it's going to mean very little to you or it's going to be something special you'll want to see a number of times.

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