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

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Bjarne Østerud ...
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Håkan Niva ...
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Espen Prestbakmo ...
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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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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 »

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Primal love triangle in frozen tundra
5 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The photography in "Far North" (2007), which took place in glaciated areas of Norway, is really striking. It sets the primal stage for a spare and primal drama of primal emotions and survival. The story revolves around three main characters. There is an older woman, Michelle Yeoh. She was the sole survivor of a massacre by Russian-speaking men who wanted tribal lands for its coal. To escape, she managed to plunge the party of 3 or 4 men into an icy crevasse and kill them. She's extremely tough. At the beginning, she kills one of the dogs in order to have enough to eat. She lives with a younger woman, Michelle Krusiec, whom she took in as a baby, rescuing it from being killed. They live a solitary nomadic life in a tent, living off what game they can find. Yeoh fears all strangers and has instructed Krusiec to cut their heads off first and then talk to them.

Sean Bean, the third main character, escapes labor captivity but is found exhausted by Yeoh. She breaks her own rule and saves him. Why? She wants a man or she needs a man, and she has him in her debt. He repays her only in part this informal debt by killing a reindeer. But Yeoh is disappointed when he and the pretty Krusiec get together. They plan to pair up and leave, but offer to take Yeoh with them. This leads to the tragic and unexpected conclusion of the story, which, however, fits with the primal elements in the story -- despite its ambiguous and/or relatively modern time period.

What we are shown is primal in two senses. The environment and the way of life they are leading is primitive and the initial way of much of mankind. This is heightened by the sparse surroundings, beautiful but not easily tamed. There is no law here but that of the gun. The other sense of primal is emotional. Each of the three has basic urges that play out.

The story doesn't fully succeed because Yeoh's actions at the end become irrational. She could not possibly have expected them to succeed, and they are not fully consonant with her past behavior as a mother to Krusiec. The realism and the possibly mythic or allegorical ways to tell the story come into conflict and the resolution is not satisfactory.


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