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Heart of Light (1998)

Qaamarngup uummataa (original title)
When the humiliation and grief of his eldest son's shooting rampage and subsequent suicide threatens to pull him under, a brokenhearted father (Rasmus Lyberth) leaves his family and ... See full summary »


Jacob Grønlykke

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Credited cast:
Rasmus Lyberth Rasmus Lyberth ... Rasmus
Vivi Nielsen Vivi Nielsen ... Marie
Niels Platow Niels Platow ... Mikael Berthelsen
Kenneth Rasmussen Kenneth Rasmussen ... Simon
Knud Petersen Knud Petersen
Laila Rasmussen Laila Rasmussen ... Karina
Agga Olsen Agga Olsen ... Magdalene
Nukâka ... Trommedanser (as Nukâka Motzfeldt)
Jens Davidsen Jens Davidsen ... Præst
Henrik Larsen Henrik Larsen ... VVS Mand
Søren Hauch-Fausbøll Søren Hauch-Fausbøll ... Værtshusgæst
Asger Reher Asger Reher ... Politichef
Karina Skands Karina Skands ... Pige i Telt
Julie Carlsen Julie Carlsen ... Pige i Telt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anda Kristensen Anda Kristensen


When the humiliation and grief of his eldest son's shooting rampage and subsequent suicide threatens to pull him under, a brokenhearted father (Rasmus Lyberth) leaves his family and tight-knit community and heads into Greenland's bleak landscape. As he journeys forth on an antiquated dogsled with no destination, he eventually finds solace -- and the soul he lost long ago -- in the form of a mystical hermit (Anda Kristiansen).

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Greenland | Denmark | Norway | Sweden


Danish | Greenlandic

Release Date:

25 January 1998 (Greenland) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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[subtitled version]
Marie: [Rasmus is preparing to leave town] Did you talk to your son?
Rasmus: I went there. I can see why he despises me.
Marie: You can't go till you've made up with your son.
Rasmus: I can only make up with him if I go. My soul is so sick that I can be nobody's father.
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A moving film about culture and identity in Greenland.
13 October 1999 | by rbreenSee all my reviews

Rasmus, an Inuit-speaking Greenlander, is regarded by most people as a drunken failure. When his son goes on a suicidal shooting spree, he has to cope with the shame this brings on his family. He goes on a journey into the depths of Greenland and finds out a lot about himself and his past. I was afraid this was going to be a pretentious film, but with strong performances, a fine score, and some excellent footage of the starkly beautiful landscapes of Greenland, I found it a moving experience. Not everyone will like its mixture of realistic drama and fantasy, nor the neatly-contrived screenplay, but for anyone who can relate to its central theme - the difficulty of maintaining one's own cultural identity in the face of another dominant culture and the technology of the modern world, it is a thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting film.

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