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Maïna (2013)

A Canadian aboriginal woman journeys to the Arctic in search of a missing member of her tribe, and falls in love with a man from a rival clan.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maïna
... Natak (as Ipellie Ootoova)
Uapshkuss Thernish ... Nipki (as Uapeshkuss Thernish)
... Quujuuq
... Mishta-Napeu
... Tekahera
... Saitu
Peter Miller ... Manutabi
... Tadlo
Lamech Kadloo ... Ootek
Annie Galipeau ... Natau
Jean-Louis Fontaine ... Atetshi
Stuart Myiow Jr. ... Quito (as Stuart Jr. Myiow)
Pakak Innuksuk ... Merkusaq
Paul-André Brasseur ... Young Inuk


Maïna is the daughter of the Innu Chief Mishte-nape, who witnesses a bloody clash between their clan and the clan of "Men of the Land Without Trees." Following this unsolicited confrontation, Maïna chooses a mission that will change her life. To fulfill the promise that she made to her friend Matsii on her deathbed, she embarks on the trail of their enemies to rescue Nipki, her friend's 11-year old boy that the Inuit have captured. But she is also taken as a prisoner by Natak, the leader of the Inuit group, and forcibly taken to the Land Without Trees. Written by Anonymous

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1 October 2013 (Canada)  »

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Майна  »

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Along with Empire of Dirt released the same year, both movies became the first indigenous-themed films to be nominated for Best Picture by the newly established Canadian Screen Awards, formerly known as the Genie Awards. See more »


Maïna: They've brought you along to eat you.
[referring to Natak and Ouujuuq]
Nipki: They want to eat me? I'll defend myself.
Maïna: They will kill you first. Then they will eat you.
Nipki: If it were true, they would start by eating you. There's more of you to eat.
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A surprise indeed !
22 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

The action takes place in Northern Québec. The Innu (Indians of the north shore of the Bay of St. Lawrence) are in constant competition against the Inuit (Eskimos of the far north) and against a harsh nature, before the arrival of the first Europeans. The landscapes are absolutely breathtaking and the splendid photography does them justice. I won't reveal the nature of the action, which is touching and yet suspenseful but I will say that the author of the original novel must have been quite familiar with the mores and habits of both groups. Kudos to the director. The actors, most of whom are amateurs, are also quite competent. I have rarely been so captivated by a film, an absolutely riveting 'must-see'. You won't regret watching it and you will at least understand why the first Frenchmen to come here, Jacques Cartier in 1534 and Samuel De Champlain in 1608, decided to stay instead of going further down south.

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