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Searchers (2016)

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Inspired by the John Ford film The Searchers, an Inuit woman and her daughter are kidnapped by three Inuit men, while her husband and son are away. The Inuit husband sets out on a journey to find his family and punish the perpetrators.

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Benjamin Kunuk ... Kuanana
Karen Ivalu ... Tagaq
Jonah Qunaq ... Aulla
Joey Sarpinak ... Kupak
Jocelyne Immaroitok ... Ailla
Joseph Uttak ... Siku
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Inspired by the John Ford film The Searchers, an Inuit woman and her daughter are kidnapped by three Inuit men, while her husband and son are away. The Inuit husband sets out on a journey to find his family and punish the perpetrators.

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My world was torn apart. When they want to get a wife, they become fearless and act without mercy.

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Arctic Vengeance; Authentic to the Core
19 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

If revenge is a dish best served cold, then the arctic is an enthralling place for such a story. A trio of irreverent Inuk bullies wreak havoc on the unfortunate souls who happen to cross their path. In the darkness of night, they plunder, kidnap and kill. A father and son, aggrieved by these marauders, pledge vengeance. They ask Kallulik, a bird spirit (the loon), for help in the pursuit.

Authentic to the core, the film audience is treated with real Inuk characters, clothing, tattoos and dog sled teams, actual igloos glowing with the light of interior heating fires, the crack of the dog whip, the eerie arctic quiet and the crunch of raw, frozen fish and bones. Ice beards and misty breaths attest that it is truly cold outside. The sun is extremely close to the horizon even at mid-day. It is a fantastic setting. The eclectic atmosphere is further enhanced by ambient music and Inuk chants. The acting is adequate yet more intriguing for its genuine characters. The second half of the film did not live up to the excitement and promise of the first. The film loosely follows the outline of John Ford's 1956 western, the Searchers. Seen at the Miami International Film Festival.


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