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Atanarjuat (2002)

Atanarjuat (2002)




Critic Consensus: Compelling human drama and stunning cinematography make The Fast Runner an absorbing experience.

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This sweeping epic features a cast of Inuit actors and is based on one of their ancient legends. Natar Ungalaaq stars as a young Inuit who falls for a woman (Sylvia Ivalu) who has been promised to the unlikable son of the tribal chief. The drama plays out against a stark Arctic background and includes some astonishing outdoor sequences. Lucy Tulugarjuk.more
Rating: R (for some sexuality/nudity and violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Apak Angilirq
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 2003
Box Office: $2.6M
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Natar Ungalaaq
as Atanarjuat
Paul Qulitalik
as Qulitalik
Luke Taqqaugaq
as Pittiulak
Eric Nautarariaq
as Young Sauri
Stephen Qrunnut
as Young Tulimaq
Pipily Akkitirq
as Young Pittaluk
Mary Angutautuk
as Young Panikpak
Charlie Qulitalik
as Young Qulitalik
Atuat Akkitiq
as Sauri's Wife
Catherine Alaralak
as Young Sauri's Wife
Susan Kublu
as Young Qulitalik's Wi...
Jenny Irngaut
as Oki's Wife
Rita Ijjiraq
as Pittaluk's Wife
Andrew Uyarasuk
as Young Sigluk
Racheal Uyarasuk
as Elder Lady
Reena Qulitalik
as Child Kigutikaajuk
Bernice Ivalu
as Child Kumaglak
Mark Alaralak
as Child Amaqjuat
Isa Akkitirq
as Child Oki
Laurent Arantsiaq
as Baby Atanarjuat
Isa Ammaq
as Cara Akkitirq
Natar Ungalaq
as Atanarjuat
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Critic Reviews for Atanarjuat

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (32)

From its mystical-mythical opening to the stunning finale, this is storytelling at its most primal and filmmaking at its most original.

October 3, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Compelling as it is exotic, Fast Runner has a plot that rivals Shakespeare for intrigue, treachery and murder.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

A trailblazer for its culture and certainly makes for a fascinating, if rather long, watch.

Full Review… | September 6, 2007
Eye for Film

...takes you to a place you've never been and tells a story as profound and ambitious as a Shakespeare play.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

...barely has enough material to fill a 52-minute CBC special, let alone a three-hour cinematic "event."

Full Review… | November 2, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

A film so crisp with detail that, like other great films, it whisks us away to a locale like nothing else we've ever seen to tell a story that's not quite like anything else we've ever heard.

Full Review… | June 26, 2003

Audience Reviews for Atanarjuat

Unlike Margaret Atwood, I wouldn't call it the greatest Canadian film ever made but it is so unique in terms of its depictions of not only the lives of the Innuit..but a study of their ancient cultural belief system. A truly remarkable film.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


An interesting film!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

This is a really good movie. The setting is wasy back in the day. It's all in the Inuit language. See it. I highly recommend it.

chili beans

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