Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2002)

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2002)

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner



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

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The first film produced entirely in Inuktitut, the Inuit Eskimo language, this adventure story was adapted from an Inuit folk tale dating back to the year 1000 A.D., which was only committed to paper in the last half of the 20th century (Inuit storytelling is a tradition dating back over 4,000 years, but only in recent years have scholars been able to accurately translate them to the printed page). Atanarjuat the Fast Runner (Natar Ungalaaq) and Amaqjuaq the Strong One (Pakkak Innushuk) are two … 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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as Atanarjuat

as Atanarjuat

as Qulitalik

as Pittiulak

as Young Sauri

as Young Tulimaq

as Young Pittaluk

as Young Panikpak

as Young Qulitalik

as Sauri's Wife

as Young Sauri's Wife

as Young Qulitalik's Wi...

as Oki's Wife

as Pittaluk's Wife

as Young Sigluk

as Elder Lady

as Child Kigutikaajuk

as Child Kumaglak

as Child Amaqjuat

as Child Oki

as Baby Atanarjuat

as Cara Akkitirq
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Critic Reviews for Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

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.

| June 26, 2003

Audience Reviews for Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

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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