Aatsinki: The Story Of Arctic Cowboys (2014)
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One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. A study of hard work, hard-earned leisure, and an intricate bond between man and nature. Brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys of the Arctic. Quiet but good natured, dare-devilish but humble, rugged but gentle, and exceptionally knowledgable when it comes to their little slice of wilderness. These men are what John Wayne wanted to be. The brothers, along with their wives and children, live well north of the Arctic
Jan 24, 2014 Limited
Argot Pictures - Official Site
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With the perseverance of a field anthropologist and the eye of a poet, documentarian Jessica Oreck traces a year of seasons in the stunning "Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys."
This challenging and mesmerizing documentary captures horror and joy with the same gorgeous dispassion.
The Aatsinki siblings never rise past a kind of rotely anonymous masculinity, and overall the film tends to lull rather than engage the senses.
While some of the workers' chitchat is translated via subtitles, long passages of it are not. Oreck's imagery of the forbidding Arctic landscape through its seasonal transformations (the movie covers roughly a year) is eloquent enough.
The close bonds between life and land, human and nature are quietly observed in Jessica Orek's beautiful documentary Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys.
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