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A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.
1882, Saint Petersburg. Sasha, a young Russian aristocrat, has always been fascinated by her grandfather's life as an adventurer. A renowned explorer, he designed a magnificent arctic ship, but he hasn't returned from his last expedition to the North Pole. To save her family's honor, Sasha runs away. Headed towards the Great North, she follows her grandfather's trail in search of his famous ship.Written by
The basis of the history is in czarist Russia, and there are plenty of Russian letters and words on shops, et al. but the name of the ship is written in latin letters "DAVAI", even though a Russian ship would have the name in Cyrillic. See more »
So where is the North Pole?
On the top of the world! It's very cold there like a white desert. You have to walk for miles and miles on ice fields, with sleighs and dogs. But it's so beautiful... And what do we do when we reach the Pole, my Sashenka?
We plant the flag!
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During the end credits, a series of stills show the Davai and Sacha returning home. See more »
Once started I couldn't stop watching it. As others have commented, this is a film that draws you in very easily and doesn't let go.
I love the mood of the piece, even though the spoken language is French, it is not too difficult to believe the Russian backdrop with its practical and down to earth characters who are a largely likable bunch. Though they are mostly lacking in sentimentality, yet they are gently encouraging and unexpectedly generous to the heroine through her hardships.
The visual style also suits the film perfectly and though deceptively simple, manages to fully convey the emotion of each character as well as the setting of each scene, which is at times hauntingly beautiful.
The story is a familiar one of perseverance in the face of adversity and it is easy to cheer the heroine on as she tries to adjust and overcome the obstacles she encounters.
The ending is a little abrupt until you watch the credits that continue the rest of the story, right to the close.
Touching, affirming and highly recommended.
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