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Far North (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  26 December 2008 (UK)
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A soldier's unexpected arrival affects two women's simple existence.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Pillai ...
Bjarne Østerud ...
Shaman (as Bjarne Osterud)
Sven Henriksen ...
Ivar's father
Neeru Agarwal ...
Ivar's mother
Per Egil Aske ...
Håkan Niva ...
Espen Prestbakmo ...
Jan Olav Dahl ...
Tommy Silkavuopio ...
Soldier with Boat #1
Mark van de Weg ...
Soldier with Boat #2
Daniel Wilton ...
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Thor Alexander Gundersen ...
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In an indefinite time somewhere in the Arctic with Soviet soldiers, the nomads Saiva and her stepdaughter Anja are permanently moving seeking a safe place in the arctic tundra. They camp in a remote area far north where Saiva believes they will be safe and survive fishing and hunting reindeer and small animals. Their lives change when Saiva finds Loki, a frozen stranger that is dying in the ice. Saiva brings him to their tent and recalls when she met her boyfriend and his tribe; how soviet soldiers have slaughtered them and raped her; and how she rescued Anja and killed the aggressors. When Loki is recovered, he and Anja fall in love with each other, affecting her relationship with Anja. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In this brutal land, a stranger threatens their survival.

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Rated R for some violent and disturbing content, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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26 December 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Kuzeyin Derinliklerinde  »

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This film stars a former Bond villain and a former Bond girl who both starred opposite Pierce Brosnan. Sean Bean starred in 'GoldenEye' (1995) and Michelle Yeoh starred in 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997). See more »


Andrei: [Holding Saiva and the baby hostage] Lead us to the mainland and we'll let you and the baby live. Mess with me, and I'll skin him alive.
Saiva: She. It's a girl.
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Beautiful film that doesn't work in the end
13 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Someone in comments mentioned that this film is based on a short story by Sara Maitland written in "fairy-tale mode." Think Greek tragedy, or the Brothers Grimm at their grimmest, not Disney. Another commenter wondered if the story could actually work as a film. I don't think it does.

Most of the film is in a very realistic mode and only toward the end did the characters stop being people one could care about and become only tragic archetypes. I have to say I felt somewhat betrayed for caring so much for the characters. Perhaps if I'd been forewarned I would have watched with more detachment and been less disappointed.

Still, it's a beautiful film; the arctic landscape is awe inspiring. It must have been a great adventure to film. Sean Bean, Michelle Yeoh and Michelle Krusiec do an excellent job, but it seems like a waste in the end. 6/10 for being an interesting and beautiful failure.

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