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Far North (2007)

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A soldier's unexpected arrival affects two women's simple existence.

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Asif Kapadia

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Asif Kapadia (screenplay), Sara Maitland (story "True North") | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Yeoh ... Saiva
Michelle Krusiec ... Anja
Sean Bean ... Loki
Gary Pillai ... Ivar
Bjarne Østerud Bjarne Østerud ... Shaman (as Bjarne Osterud)
Sven Henriksen Sven Henriksen ... Ivar's father
Neeru Agarwal Neeru Agarwal ... Ivar's mother
Per Egil Aske Per Egil Aske ... Andrei
Håkan Niva Håkan Niva ... Slim
Espen Prestbakmo Espen Prestbakmo ... Baldy
Jan Olav Dahl Jan Olav Dahl ... Soldier
Tommy Silkavuopio Tommy Silkavuopio ... Soldier with Boat #1
Mark van de Weg Mark van de Weg ... Soldier with Boat #2
Daniel Wilton Daniel Wilton ... Background Player
Thor Alexander Gundersen Thor Alexander Gundersen ... Background Player
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In an indefinite time somewhere in the Arctic with Soviet soldiers, the nomads Saiva and her stepdaughter Anja are permanently moving seeking a safe place in the arctic tundra. They camp in a remote area far north where Saiva believes they will be safe and survive fishing and hunting reindeer and small animals. Their lives change when Saiva finds Loki, a frozen stranger that is dying in the ice. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In this brutal land, a stranger threatens their survival.


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Rated R for some violent and disturbing content, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Daleki sever See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Saiva: [Last lines] I love you...
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A Concerto for Trio and Arctic Tundra
5 October 2008 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

FAR NORTH is a bleak, disturbing story about isolation, relationships and revenge. Director Asif Kapadia adapted this minimal dialogue screenplay with Tim Miller based on the story 'True North' by Sara Maitland, and even with the strong trio of actors, have managed to maintain the main character as the vast, natural, incomprehensibly difficult ice seas of the northern cap of the globe. The film is as majestically beautiful as the story is terrifying.

Saiva (Michelle Yeoh) was pronounced evil by a shaman who witnessed her birth: any person who comes near her will fall to harm. Cast out from her tribe, Saiva has survived into adulthood accompanied by the young girl Anja (Michelle Krusiec) she has raised, living a simple existence in tents, dependent on any available food, and always in hiding from a strange pursuing army of soldiers: flashbacks show how Saiva had been physically abused by this strange band of wandering men. When danger approaches, the two women simply move on. Saiva finds an injured and starving soldier Yoki (Sean Bean) who is likewise escaping from the marauding band, and brings him into her tent, nursing him to health, exchanging signs of friendship to a stranger that seems so natural yet so foreign to guarded Saiva. As Yoki recovers, Anja's curiosity about love and men is heightened and soon Anja and Yoki are planning to strike out on their own. When Saiva witnesses the passion between the two people in her life, she reacts as a threatened animal and the horrors that follow echo across the frozen ice of her isolated life.

Michelle Yeoh is astonishingly fine in this difficult role and Krusiec and Bean provide solid ensemble support. Praise must go to Asif Kapadia for his tense direction of this thriller, but kudos are also in order for the extraordinary cinematography by Roman Osin and the appropriately eerie musical score by Dario Marianelli. Much of what happens in this film is shocking to the viewer's senses, but it so in keeping with the animal responses in nature that it says much about our concept of 'civilization'. FAR NORTH is a remarkable achievement. Highly recommended. Grady Harp


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