Before Tomorrow (Le Jour avant le lendemain) Reviews

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Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
December 4, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
December 3, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
November 13, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
Top Critic
December 2, 2009

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.

Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
December 2, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine
December 1, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
December 2, 2009

A poignant, heartfelt, enlightening and lyrical journey filled with beautiful, haunting images.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Greg Quill
Toronto Star
Top Critic
March 27, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 2, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 15, 2009

One of the most intriguing films of the year. A film that says a lot by saying little.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Top Critic
December 2, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
March 27, 2009

This is sensitive material handled without sentimentality, though the impact is somewhat muted by the film's cautious editing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
March 27, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
December 2, 2009

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.

Noel Murray
AV Club
Top Critic
December 3, 2009

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B+

National Post
April 10, 2009

| Original Score: 3/4
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