Aatsinki: The Story Of Arctic Cowboys


Aatsinki: The Story Of Arctic Cowboys (2014)



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One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. A study of hard work, hard-earned leisure, and an intricate bond between man and nature. Brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys of the Arctic. Quiet but good natured, dare-devilish but humble, rugged but gentle, and exceptionally knowledgable when it comes to their little slice of wilderness. These men are what John Wayne wanted to be. The brothers, along with their wives and children, live well north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, where they are the leaders of a collective of traditional reindeer herders who manage the last group of wild reindeer in all of Finland. AATSINKI follows the family for the span of one year, quietly observing their seasonal routines and the difficulties and joys of a life so closely tied to the land.(c) Argot

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Critic Reviews for Aatsinki: The Story Of Arctic Cowboys

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

With the perseverance of a field anthropologist and the eye of a poet, documentarian Jessica Oreck traces a year of seasons in the stunning "Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys."

Feb 27, 2014 | Full Review…

This challenging and mesmerizing documentary captures horror and joy with the same gorgeous dispassion.

Jan 23, 2014 | Full Review…

The Aatsinki siblings never rise past a kind of rotely anonymous masculinity, and overall the film tends to lull rather than engage the senses.

Jan 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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While some of the workers' chitchat is translated via subtitles, long passages of it are not. Oreck's imagery of the forbidding Arctic landscape through its seasonal transformations (the movie covers roughly a year) is eloquent enough.

Jan 21, 2014 | Full Review…

The close bonds between life and land, human and nature are quietly observed in Jessica Orek's beautiful documentary Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audiences will not fail to notice that Oreck has consciously and effectively sought to re-frame her long term fascination with American westerns and cowboys as a Nordic western of the Finnish order.

Feb 27, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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