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 ...
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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).
[Rasmus is preparing to leave town]
Did you talk to your son?
I went there. I can see why he despises me.
You can't go till you've made up with your son.
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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Although I initially had to see this film for a course, I must admit that I've found myself going back to it from time to time. I find that it deals with the issue of a modernized Greenland and Dutch colonization quite well and the cast of characters, their personal and touching story anyway, to be uplifting and refreshing. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in post colonial Artic cinematic representations as well as those interested in seeing something off the beaten track. It did move me at times and I find it to deal with themes of alienation, identity and redemption through the vast wilderness exceptionally well.
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