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Josephine (Binoche) travels to the hostile icy landscape of the remote North in search of her explorer husband. As winter descends and determined not to turn back she finds companionship with an Inuit woman (Kikuchi). With the elements against them and their survival reliant on each other it becomes clear they are waiting for a man they both love.
The film was mainly shot in a studio with the cast and crew only spending 10 days in Norway to shoot. Juliette Binoche admitted that is was sweltering hot during the shooting because of the lights in the studio and the clothes they were wearing. See more »
I don't know whether the story was meant to be motivating or inspirational. Or maybe Coixet just wanted to portrait a strong woman. In any case, the film does not work. It feels sluggish with disconnected bits.
Binoche might be a great actress, but as we know, good actress do not save bad directing/scripting. Just having cute dogs in a beautiful landscape is not too much stuff for a film.
Putting Rinko Kikuchi (a Japanese) as an Inuik can only be seen as funny. It resembles the times past were they would paint a white guy red to cast him as native American.
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