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Arctic Son (2006)

Stanley, a young man from Washington State struggling to find direction in his life, visits his estranged father, who lives in Old Crow, a Yukon Territory town of 300 people 80 miles inside... See full summary »

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Stanley, a young man from Washington State struggling to find direction in his life, visits his estranged father, who lives in Old Crow, a Yukon Territory town of 300 people 80 miles inside the Arctic Circle. While Stanley Jr. is used to hip-hop and fast food, Stanley Sr.'s life is steeped in the traditions of the Gwich'in people-hunting caribou, fishing and surviving in the rugged Arctic. At first, the two "Stans" couldn't have more different interests or approaches to life. But over time, their worlds come together. Written by Arts Engine

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a heartwarming documentary about a father and son who in the beginning share nothing more than a name, but find that they have things to learn from each other
24 April 2006 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

How does the saying go? You can take the person out of the city, but you cant take the city of the person. Such is the same, or so it seems, for Stan Jr. as we follow him on his journey to Old Crow (a town above the arctic circle) to reunite with his father. You can't help but wonder if Stan Jr. will make it in a place so far and so different from home and you just have to sit back watch to find out whether or not he will. The most touching thing about this film, is watching this father/son duo realize their mistakes and try to make them right. It's a wonderful story that makes you believe in second changes and the possibility for not only change, but reconciliation. This film is not all serious, but not all fun and games either (it has the right amount of comedy, thanks often to the awkward silence between the two Stan's, mixed in it to break the mood). I highly suggest seeing this film... you won't regret it.


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