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A soldier's unexpected arrival affects two women's simple existence.

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Håkan Niva ...
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Tommy Silkavuopio ...
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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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Sean Bean is called Loki in the film. In Norse mythology, Loki was the evil, trickster god who spread discourse and dismay among the other gods. See more »

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Interesting premise, poorly executed
27 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A film set in the frozen north in which the sparse dialogue complements the barren scenery is an intriguing proposition and in the right hands I think this could have achieved a satisfyingly chilling atmosphere at least. I assume this is what the makers were aiming for, but the film ultimately comes across as semi-realised and in many respects pretty sophomoric.

In a film with a minimal script the few words need to be chosen carefully and complemented by credible non-verbal chemistry, but what little dialogue Far North contains is embarrassingly leaden, while the director fails to tease out any truly believable performances. The leads try to make something from the scraps they're given but Michelles Krusiec and Yeoh stretch plausibility as polar hunter-gatherers and Sean Bean, as ever, is lumbering and uninspiring.

That the film looks great is perhaps the best thing that can be said for it. A climax grasping after emotional gravitas comes across as jarring, bordering on idiotic.


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