Map of the Human Heart (1992)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 4
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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 1
Average Rating: 3.7/5
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A white, Inuit boy named Avik is the focus of New Zealand director Vincent Ward's meditation on race and romance. In the opening moments of the movie, set in 1931 in the Arctic-Canadian settlement Nunataaq, Avik (portrayed initially by Robert Joamie) lives under the watchful eye of his grandmother (Jayko Pitseolak). While tagging along after British cartographer Walter Russell (Patrick Bergin), Avik falls prey to the "white man's disease,"--tuberculosis; to assuage his own guilt, Russell takes
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Even by Mr. Ward's own high standards in the area of idiosyncrasy, this is a daringly peculiar tale.
A film of incantatory intensity and moment by a prodigiously gifted young filmmaker.
Despite its historical surrounding and a few stabs at thematic depth, Map of the Human Heart has all the flavor and plot complexity of a Harlequin romance.
The best movies seem to reinvent themselves as they move along, not drawing from worn-out sources, and Map of the Human Heart is one of the year's best films.
As directed and co-written by Vincent Ward, this romantic drama tries to say something poignant about a doomed interracial love and the fateful nature of human encounters, but everything about it is excessive.
Succeeds admirably in showing us just how much love the heart can hold in the face of so many obstacles and so much pain.
An interesting, overlooked film
Dreamy, romantic, and ultimately haunting. A rare movie that deserves to be called a true original.
The love story (which features Jason Scott Lee and Anne Parillaud) that means to add pathos to this cultural collision doesn't generate enough heat. But the theme tantalizes, and many of the images soar.
Map of the Human Heart is an enjoyable two-hour ride, an unusual and eccentric combination of old-fashioned and modern movie sensibilities, told from a decidedly '90s mindset.
Audience Reviews for Map of the Human Heart
- Avik: It's all there in the maps. Sometimes all they tell you is that you're lost.
- Avik: Why do you want to bomb Dresden?
- Walter Russell: There's a monster in a room. Once that room was filled with everything that was valuable to him. His train sets, his puppet theatre, his model planes. They're all broken now. All that's left untouched is his beautiful collection of Dresden China. You go into that room, you smash all his crockery, and you have broken his spirit.
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