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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner(Atanarjuat)

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Canada · 2002
Rated R · 2h 52m
Director Zacharias Kunuk
Starring Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk
Genre Fantasy, Drama

The first feature film ever to be entirely in Inuktitut, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner is the on-screen retelling of a centuries-old Inuit legend. When the title character Atanarjuat learns that his brother has killed, he is forced to flee with nothing but his feet to carry him.

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Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

Its refusal to draw solid lines between "good" and "evil" characters is more sophisticated than the psychology of most current commercial pictures. It's well worth a trek to a theater adventurous enough to show it.


New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

Don't miss The Fast Runner. If you do, you will deprive yourself of not only one of the most intriguing feature-film projects in decades and enough plain-spoken anthropology for three credits at Harvard, but one of the most flat-out entertaining movies of the year.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

Nearly three hours long, and deliberately paced at that, this first feature ever in the Inuit language is a demanding experience. But the rewards for those who risk the journey are simply extraordinary.


Philadelphia Inquirer by Steven Rea

This long (nearly three hours), revelatory movie is both a thrilling adventure about endurance and survival, and an elegiac examination of centuries-old tribal culture, fast-fading in the new millennium.

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