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Map of the Human Heart (1992)

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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A film of incantatory intensity and moment by a prodigiously gifted young filmmaker.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

December 26, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Visually stunning and emotionally powerful... a buried treasure.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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Succeeds admirably in showing us just how much love the heart can hold in the face of so many obstacles and so much pain.

July 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

An interesting, overlooked film

September 7, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

Dreamy, romantic, and ultimately haunting. A rare movie that deserves to be called a true original.

July 25, 2002
Matinee Magazine

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.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Map of the Human Heart is one of those rare films that illuminates a single human story, and does it so well that you're hardly aware you're watching a movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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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...
April 24, 2012
itsjustme2004

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Average film narrative about an Inuit Eskimo's life and his relationship with a half-breed Indian girl that looks like its epic story.
January 29, 2007
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Dean McKenna

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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
September 11, 2010
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Bill Cavros

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    1. Avik: It's all there in the maps. Sometimes all they tell you is that you're lost.
    – Submitted by Pete H (32 days ago)
    1. Avik: Why do you want to bomb Dresden?
    2. 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.
    – Submitted by Pete H (32 days ago)
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