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On the Ice (2011)

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In Barrow, Alaska, teenagers Qalli and Aivaaq find their bond tested when a seal-hunting trip goes wrong, resulting in the death of their friend.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josiah Patkotak Josiah Patkotak ... Qalli
Frank Qutuq Irelan Frank Qutuq Irelan ... Aivaaq
Teddy Kyle Smith Teddy Kyle Smith ... Egasak
Adamina Kerr Adamina Kerr ... Michelle
Sierra Jade Sampson Sierra Jade Sampson ... Uvlu
John Miller John Miller ... James
Rosabelle Kunnanna Rexford Rosabelle Kunnanna Rexford ... Aaka
Veron Kanayurak Veron Kanayurak ... Roscoe
Billyjens Hopson Billyjens Hopson ... Jens
Jay Rapoza Jay Rapoza ... Max
Allison Warden Allison Warden ... Sigvaun
Denae Brower Denae Brower ... Darlene
Tara Sweeney Tara Sweeney ... Dora
Tasha Taaqpak Panigeo Tasha Taaqpak Panigeo ... Charlene
Jerica Aamodt Jerica Aamodt ... Ellie
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In the isolated, frozen town of Barrow, Alaska, Iñupiaq teenagers Qalli and Aivaaq have grown up like brothers in a tight-knit community defined as much by ancient traditions as by hip-hop and snowmobiles. Early one morning, on a seal hunt with their friend James, a tussle turns violent, and James is killed. Panic stricken, terrified, and with no one to blame but themselves, Qalli and Aivaaq lie and declare the death a tragic accident. As Barrow roils with grief and his protective father becomes suspicious, Qalli stumbles through guilt-filled days, wrestling with his part in the death. For the first time in his life, he's treading alone on existential ice. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, some drug content and violence

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Na lodzie See more »

Filming Locations:

Barrow, Alaska, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,257, 24 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,526, 29 April 2012
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Filmed and set in the city of Barrow, Alaska, most of the actors were actually civilians of the town. See more »

Quotes

Michelle: You're gonna be waiting a long time.
Qalli: What?
Michelle: The sun doesn't set 'til August.
Qalli: Thanks for the info. I would have been out here all night if it wasn't for you.
[joking as they watch the unsetting sun]
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The Best Film to show Alaska how it actually is.
20 February 2012 | by kensukeaidaSee all my reviews

This film is a triumph of Alaskan narrative filmmaking. Showing Alaskan Natives as they really live, including old traditions, dance, and hunting, next to cell phones, hip hop, and drugs. It doesn't get tied up on trying to show the beauty of Alaska, and neither the exoticness of it's peoples. Instead, it uses them to further it's themes and plot. Incredibly sensitive, honest, and entertaining.

While it's easy to say this is a movie about the evils of drugs, or the ability of the arctic landscape to drive one to insanity, the film gracefully dodges such easy targets and focuses on a story about a young man trying to grow up and a community dealing with a tragedy, which are much more open ended, accessible ideas. This allows those without any knowledge of Native Alaskans, or Alaska even, to become entranced by the story.

Don't let the non-pro cast turn you away, either. It is all native persons (no Asians pretending to native American), and the direction makes sure they're up to snuff to all other films by mature filmmakers.


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