Rating: PG for disturbing images
Run Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Martin Smith has crafted a lovely, old school adventure whose simple themes
resonate with a refreshing honesty.
Pepper’s chiseled cheekbones are on prominent display as cocky fly-boy Charlie
Halliday, who makes illicit sidetrips in the
The plane crash-lands in the Arctic wilderness and a panicked Charlie foolishly leaves the plane, and the girl, behind to trek two hundred miles to the nearest town. Naturally he succumbs to the elements and collapses in a feverish heap before Kanaaluq comes to his rescue.
Charlie and Kanaalaq bridge their vast cultural chasm with small words and large deeds. A skilled huntress and seamstress, Kanaalaq keeps the duo alive but struggles with the onset of her tuberculosis as the pair moves slowly but relentlessly towards freedom.
The film telegraphs its narrative but is nonetheless dramatically effective. The Canadian North is visually magnificent, lingering on the majesty of vast snowy plains and glittering watery inlets. A few saccharine moments detract only slightly from the fight for survival and the spare human touches of love and respect.