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On the Ice

Teenagers Qalli and Aicaaq are like brothers. They're used to life in the town of Barrow, Alaska, where traditions are as important as modern trends. When a seal-hunting trip goes wrong, their friendship is tested with a horrible lie. They must decide if their futures are worth more than the truth.
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New York Post by

Barrow's frozen vistas are a perfect match for the noir tone of On the Ice. Unfortunately, the emotional landscape of MacLean's stoic main character, Qalli, is often as blank as the tundra.
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Time Out by David Fear

More than a moral dilemma is needed to make up for the uneven performances, slack pacing and wonky dialogue, and while MacLean certainly has a keen eye, the rest of his storytelling facilities haven't quite caught up with it yet.
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NPR by Ella Taylor

In most respects, On the Ice is the kind of straight-ahead, underprivileged-teen drama beloved of Sundance audiences.
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Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

This is an uncommonly involving thriller. I could call it a film noir, except that the sun never sets in the film. That makes a perfect contrast with the only other feature filmed in Barrow, the vampire movie "30 Days of Night" (2007), in which it never rises.

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