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True North (2006)

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The crew of a bankrupt Scottish trawler turn to smuggling illegal immigrants over the stormy waters of the North Sea.

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Steve Hudson

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Steve Hudson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Mullan ... Riley
Martin Compston ... Sean
Gary Lewis ... The Skipper
Steven Robertson ... The Cook
Angel Li Angel Li ... Su Li
Hark Bohm Hark Bohm ... Pol
Li Jun Wang Li Jun Wang ... Chinese Farmer
Ren Hao Ren Hao ... Moon Face
Shi Ming Shi Ming ... Snakehead
Pat Kiernan ... Henri
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tutu Babatunde Tutu Babatunde ... African girl
Anna Breuer Anna Breuer ... Svetlana
Maurice Byrne Maurice Byrne ... Barman
Yvonne Costello Yvonne Costello ... Barmaid
Ning Ning Gho Ning Ning Gho ... Immigrant
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The skipper of the Scottish trawler PD-100 has worked for more than thirty-two years to buy his fishing vessel but is bankrupt and near to lose his ship to the bank. While in the port of Ostend, Belgium, his first mate and son Sean accepts a lot of money to smuggle Chinese illegal immigrants to Scotland to keep the trawler with his father. The crewman Riley helps him in the scheme, and they hide the group in a store below the boatswain store. However, a Chinese teenagers hides in the engine room, stealing food and leaving money in the galley. The cook, who is a little slow and has issues with sex, finds the stowaway and helps her. Sean decides to stay longer in the North Sea to get catch and avoid problems with customs, leaving the immigrants in the most subhuman conditions. When one of the Chinese dies, despair is triggered leading the crew to tragic actions. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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An unflinching thriller dealing with the horrendous consequences of human trafficking.

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Drama | Thriller

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Germany | Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

The Irish Sea See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Robert Carlyle was originally cast in the role of Riley. Shortly after shooting began, Carlyle's father, Joseph, passed away, and grief-stricken, the actor resigned from the film. See more »

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Solid art work, average movie
25 December 2009 | by dusan-22See all my reviews

When I saw Gary Lewis playing in the movie I was almost certain that this film is promising a lot. However, I was wrong. Lets start with good things: Excellent acting and camera directing which proves that movie was an art work (not so) long time ago. Everything is so convincing, almost like real. However, film misses a real plot. Simple plot is an idea of a real grandmaster, but it needs developments of characters and/or interaction with another plots. The movie is way too slow for its genre and way too profiled for an art film. Attempt to make a good movie has been lost somewhere on the horizon of the promising film-making. My opinion is that this is a real pity, since most of the people in this film project seems to know their job pretty well.


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