Monday, March 1, 2010

Far North (2007) R - 2½ Stars

Wow, this movie looked so awesome in the trailer and had the potential to be so much more but alas, it's far north of a great film. While it does have a visually stunning location, it's a very disturbing look at what one isolated woman will do in the name of her daughter. Well acted for it's lack of dialog but yet another movie for my bizarre category.

Saiva (Michelle Yeoh) and Anja (Michelle Krusiec) live in solitude in the far North Artic tundra. Banished by the local Shaman at birth for being cursed, Saiva has existed in absolute isolation until she rescues Anja as a baby from a brutal attack on the closest village. The soldiers intent for pilfering and killing everyone in site, left Anja for dead. Taking Anja under her arm, Saiva has tried to shelter and instill the traits needed for survival in this frozen solace. The two women have only known to rely upon each other until Saiva encounters an injured soldier, Loki (Sean Bean), passed out on the ice. Hesitant, by lonely, Saiva brings Loki back to the home to nurse him back to health. When Anja sees Saiva and Loki becoming close, she uses her girlish charms to win his affections away from Saiva causing a battle of loneliness seeking out revenge.

Film4, Le Bureau, Bureau (U.K.)
Director: Asif Kapadia
Writers: Tim Miller, Asif Kapadia
Producers: Bertrand Faivre
I viewed 12/09

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