Map of the Human Heart (1992)




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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Louis Nowra, Horton Foote, Vincent Ward
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 31, 2004
HBO Video


as Albertine

as Young Avik

as Young Albertine

as Russell

as Sister Banville

as Boleslaw

as Navigator

as Doctor on Boat

as Avik's Grandmother

as Chopper Pilot

as Chopper NCO

as Inuit Woman--Cook

as Photo Analyst

as Inuit Elder

as Kind Nurse

as Army Sergeant

as Newspaper Boy

as Indian Patient

as Doctor

as Michael

as Messenger

as Homeguard

as Photographer

as Oilman in Bar

as Barman

as American Soldier

as Colonel Jameson

as Ginger Jameson

as Hotel Bellboy

as Walter's NCO

as Moravian Minister

as Doctor on Boat

as Margarete

as Woman Guest
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Critic Reviews for Map of the Human Heart

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

Even by Mr. Ward's own high standards in the area of idiosyncrasy, this is a daringly peculiar tale.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A film of incantatory intensity and moment by a prodigiously gifted young filmmaker.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Map of the Human Heart

Nice. Moving. Touching...even though the style of this movie definitely shows its age. Much has happened in the last 20 yrs to improve productions. To see this movie made again, with todays expertise, would be really fantastic. FYI: John Cusack is in this for less than 5 min...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Average film narrative about an Inuit Eskimo's life and his relationship with a half-breed Indian girl that looks like its epic story.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


The movie starts off very well with interesting relationships between Inuit, European and other Meso-American peoples and then switches gears into a sweeping romance. Jason Scott Lee really steps up to and fills his role as an Inuit who is drawn into a world he is unfamiliar with. By the time the film gets to WWII it might as well be Pearl Harbor w/ burning models instead of god CGI. As a note Cusack has a 5 Minute role sitting at a table looking at a map listening to Lee retell his story

Bill Cavros

Super Reviewer

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