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The Necessities of Life (2008)
"Ce qu'il faut pour vivre" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  30 June 2010 (Belgium)
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In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natar Ungalaaq ...
Tiivii
Éveline Gélinas ...
Carole
Paul-André Brasseur ...
Kaki (as Paul André Brasseur)
Louise Marleau ...
Soeur Luce
Guy Thauvette ...
Dr. Montpetit
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Roger
Vincent-Guillaume Otis ...
Joseph
Denis Bernard ...
Père Millaire
Luc Proulx ...
L'horloger
Miali Buscemi ...
Qupanuaq
Ann-Sophie Archer ...
Infirmière de jour
Alexandre Thériault ...
Patient jaloux
Frédérick Bouffard ...
Patient agonisant
Caroline Tanguay ...
Infirmière de nuit
Jacques-Henri Gagnon ...
L'archevêque
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In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to speak French and faced with a completely alien world, he becomes despondent. When he refuses to eat and expresses a wish to die, his nurse, Carole, comes to the realization that Tivii's illness is not the most serious threat to his well-being. She arranges to have a young orphan, Kaki, transferred to the institution. The boy is also sick, but has experience with both worlds and speaks both languages. By sharing his culture with Kaki and opening it up to others, Tivii rediscovers his pride and energy. Ultimately he also rediscovers hope through a plan to adopt Kaki, bring him home and make him part of his family. Written by blondmonkey5

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Surprisingly Good Canadian Drama
15 February 2011 | by (California, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Seldom seen film that I caught on either IFC or Sundance channel. Story takes place in the 50's and is about an Inuit Canadian that must leave his family in the frozen north where he lives to receive extensive treatment for tuberculosis. Core of the film shows how the Inuit man struggles with his health, his inability to communicate, immersion into a completely foreign environment, and long term separation from the family for which he is the sole provider for. This film is surprisingly powerful and really creates a lot of strong emotions in the viewer. Slow paced but excellent nonetheless. Beautiful landscapes, great acting, interesting characters, and a compelling story make this movie a hidden gem.

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