Ofelas (Pathfinder) (1987)





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Norwegian director Nils Gaup used the landscape of Finland as his backdrop in Pathfinder. The story is set in 10th-century Lapland. Teen-aged Mikkel Gaup, after watching his family being slaughtered by the bloodthirsty Tchude tribe, takes refuge in a small, peaceful village. He tries to warn the residents of the cruelties of the Tchudes; as a result, half the villagers take to the hills, while the other half elect to stay and stand their ground. The Tchudes make short work of the villagers, then take Gaup prisoner. He pretends to agree to lead the Tchudes towards the other villagers, but is able to turn the tables before it's too late. Inspired by an ancient legend, Pathfinder is filmed in near-documentary fashion, bringing the past so vividly alive that the audience is tempted to look over its shoulder to see if Tchudes are poised to attack in the lobby of the theatre. Though nominated for a best foreign picture Oscar in 1987, the film was not given a general US release until 1990. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Mikal Gaup
as Aigin
Nils Utsi
as Raste the Noaidi
Svein Scharffenberg
as Tchude Chief
Helgi Skúlason
as Tchude with Scar
Aliu Gaup
as Orbes
John S. Kristensen
as Tchude Strongman
Knut Walle
as Tchude Interpreter
Inger Utsi
as Sister
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An epic adventure set a thousand years ago in Lapland.

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Audience Reviews for Ofelas (Pathfinder)


I love it when a film takes us someplace we've never been. With 'Pathfinder' the snowcoverd mountains of Norway provided the setting for a great big action-adventure story.

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

BORING! Had to watch this in Norwegian class... Grammar tasks would've been way more pleasant. Then again, I hate movies where I don't understand the spoken language, so it's not suprising that I didn't like it.

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l i n d a

This is the first Lapp film that I've seen. It was quite an experience. It is definitely NOT a family film. It scared an 8 year old out of his mind and sent 2 teenaged girls out of the room in tears. Yes, it is a fierce story that has a lot of graphic cruelty. But the film also had the power to pull me so far into the story that I was wondering how the hero will pull it off, forgetting that it was a film. Now that's an achievement considering the film's provenance. The photography was excellent, the acting was somewhat unusual to me. But it did convey, effectively, a whole cultural outlook. The enemy Tchudes were vicious plunderers that took everything, even the lives, of a peaceful and generous people. How to fight this well armed group of psychopaths seemed to be impossible. But inventiveness and good does win out. The romantic ending was boffo because the hero really gets the girl. A mutli-region DVD player is a must for any film buff who wishes to explore this wide world of international cinema.

Stephen Thoemmes
Stephen Thoemmes

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