The Necessities of Life (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Necessities of Life (2008)

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An Inuit hunter being treated for tuberculosis in a Quebec sanatorium finds his weakening will to live suddenly reinvigorated after his nurse arranges for another young Inuit to be transferred to the same hospital. It's the early years of the 1950s, and when Inuit hunter Tivii is diagnosed with tuberculosis, his only hope for survival is to travel to Quebec for treatment. His body weakened and his loved ones somewhere far away, Tivii becomes dejected by his inability to communicate with the doctors and nurses and makes the decision to welcome death. Fortunately for Tivii, his attentive nurse Carol has recognized her patient's desolation, and arranged for a young Inuit named Kaki to be transferred to the same sanatorium. Kaki is very familiar with white society, and over time he manages to help Tivii grow more comfortable with his surroundings. In exchange for Kaki's kindness, Tivii educates his newfound friend about the ways of the land and the Inuit people.

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Critic Reviews for The Necessities of Life

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

A well-acted but dreary drama of clashing cultures.

Full Review… | June 30, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

This gorgeous and affecting drama makes a strong case for the simple restorative power of communication.

April 15, 2010
Flicks.co.nz

Combines poignancy with realism for a touching yet not overly sentimental exploration of an Inuit man and boy's deep need for family and tradition in a Quebec TB ward.

Full Review… | December 2, 2009
Film-Forward.com

Audience Reviews for The Necessities of Life

good movie, not my usual kind of movie(serious, foreign drama) but it was very well written and the main actor was amazing here.

Dan Moreno
Dan Moreno
½

A great bit of film making that truly makes one reflect on one's definition of civilization and the true society to bring out happiness.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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