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Atanarjaut

4

Life and love in the Arctic

An extras-light but worthy re-release of Zacharias Kunuk’s Inuit-language debut feature, a tribal tale of love feuds and lust, rivalry and revenge.

It’s initially inscrutable, slow at three hours and weirdly claustrophobic, despite the expansive Arctic landscapes.

But robust acting, uncanny DV-shot images and a rugged depiction of daily life and ritual grant a palpable power to the grand emotions at play.

Includes a brief BBC4 doc.
 

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