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Before Tomorrow (Le Jour avant le lendemain)

Before Tomorrow (Le Jour avant le lendemain) (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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An Inuit boy and his beloved grandmother struggle to survive the Arctic wilderness.

Jun 23, 2009

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Frustratingly sketchy partly because it is not finally a survival tale but a mystical evocation of the power of Inuit mythology, and how the passing down of ancient wisdom can sustain the human spirit in the direst circumstances.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's set in a forbidding landscape at a dangerous time, and Cousineau and Ivalu show how companionship and shared tradition can go a long way toward sustaining people even in the face of personal devastation.

December 3, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The directors nevertheless manage to locate great reserves of sadness in the material, tapping a particularly rich vein in the wrinkled look of resignation on actress/co-director Ivalu's face.

December 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A terribly purple folk score by Kate and Anna McGarrigle hypes the spiritual aspects of the Inuit way of life; you'll die laughing on the tundra.

December 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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This is sensitive material handled without sentimentality, though the impact is somewhat muted by the film's cautious editing.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Harrowing as the story is beneath the seal skins and beyond the tenuous, oily flame in centre frame, Before Tomorrow is endowed with a rich humanity and an almost heroic stoicism.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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One of the most intriguing films of the year. A film that says a lot by saying little.

December 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

neither Ivalu nor Cousineau have the light, deft touch it takes to merge cultural fiction and social realism in a seamless manner

December 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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A poignant, heartfelt, enlightening and lyrical journey filled with beautiful, haunting images.

December 2, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

A powerful Inuit film about the wisdom and skills of elders, the devastation wrought by contact with Westerners, the importance of community, and the magical connection between grandparents and grandchildren.

December 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The third in a cinematic trilogy of pre-Christian Inuit life that began with Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner, Before Tomorrow is an outstanding film which presents a distinctly feminine view of the history of the Inuit.

December 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Episodic portrayal of Arctic women's role in physical and cultural survival, from feisty friends to storytelling as a nurturing rite of passage, but depressingly realistic.

December 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Like all great stories, it paradoxically allows us access to the big picture by bringing us gradually, hauntingly close.

December 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

With its glacial pace and lack of action,this sample of Arctic artiness may be appreciated principally by anthropologists and social studies teachers and those who can enjoy seeing remote cultures through their own, aboriginal eyes.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

The film is beautiful to behold: The Arctic tundra is a wondrous spectacle, especially in summer. It is well acted, with a naturalism that lends a documentary feel. It is thoughtfully dramatic, albeit in a subtle way.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Audience Reviews for Before Tomorrow (Le Jour avant le lendemain)

I'm going to so take flack for this. A great effort by a team of first time filmmakers and yes...it is good that northern communities are making films but I found this dreadfully dull.
April 13, 2009
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