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Long Way North(Tout en haut du monde)

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France, Denmark · 2015
Rated PG · 1h 20m
Director Rémi Chayé
Starring Christa Théret, Féodor Atkine, Antony Hickling, Thomas Sagols
Genre Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family

Sasha's grandfather has gone missing after he led an expedition to the North Pole years ago. After he and his crew are declared to be gone for good, other aristocrats have deemed him a failure. But Sasha thinks otherwise—she ventures off in search of the truth to restore her family's honor.

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Total Film by

If the storytelling and English-language voice work are a bit functional, the visuals dazzle.


TheWrap by Claudia Puig

Lovely visuals are key for the success of any animated film, arguably more so even than for live-action movies. But a compelling story is also essential, and that’s where “Long Way North” trips up.


The Guardian by Leslie Felperin

It’s a proper animation buff’s piece of work, and admittedly a little slow to get its yarn ripping, but mesmerising and moving in the later stretches.


The New York Times by Neil Genzlinger

The frosty landscapes have a subtle beauty, pale and sometimes shrouded in mist, giving the film a very different look from what often comes out of the big studios — somber, which is appropriate to the story.

63 by Nick Allen

Long Way North is a different vision, using clear-defined colors, shapes and shadows for hand-drawn beauty, giving the film a bold, intricately-cut-construction-paper look. Especially as the characters are surrounded by ice and cold, the stark white images prove simple yet expressive.


Village Voice by Rob Staeger

Where most post-Shrek animated films are manic and all too eager to please, Rémi Chayé's deliberately paced Long Way North tells its story with clarity and an urgent calm.


Time Out London by Tom Huddleston

The visual style here is pleasingly simple, with round, Moomin-ish faces and washes of icy pastel colour. But the story is pretty flat, spending ages setting up a rivalry between aristocrats that turns out to have no bearing on the story at all.

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