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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002)

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002)



Critic Consensus: Compelling human drama and stunning cinematography make The Fast Runner an absorbing experience.

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This sweeping epic features a cast of Inuit actors and is based on one of their ancient legends. Natar Ungalaaq stars as a young Inuit who falls for a woman (Sylvia Ivalu) who has been promised to the unlikable son of the tribal chief. The drama plays out against a stark Arctic background and includes some astonishing outdoor sequences. Lucy Tulugarjuk.


Natar Ungalaaq
as Atanarjuat
Paul Qulitalik
as Qulitalik
Luke Taqqaugaq
as Pittiulak
Eric Nautarariaq
as Young Sauri
Stephen Qrunnut
as Young Tulimaq
Pipily Akkitirq
as Young Pittaluk
Mary Angutautuk
as Young Panikpak
Charlie Qulitalik
as Young Qulitalik
Atuat Akkitiq
as Sauri's Wife
Catherine Alaralak
as Young Sauri's Wife
Susan Kublu
as Young Qulitalik's Wife
Jenny Irngaut
as Oki's Wife
Rita Ijjiraq
as Pittaluk's Wife
Andrew Uyarasuk
as Young Sigluk
Racheal Uyarasuk
as Elder Lady
Reena Qulitalik
as Child Kigutikaajuk
Bernice Ivalu
as Child Kumaglak
Mark Alaralak
as Child Amaqjuat
Isa Akkitirq
as Child Oki
Laurent Arantsiaq
as Baby Atanarjuat
Isa Ammaq
as Cara Akkitirq
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Critic Reviews for Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (28)

From its mystical-mythical opening to the stunning finale, this is storytelling at its most primal and filmmaking at its most original.

October 3, 2002 | Rating: 5/5
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Compelling as it is exotic, Fast Runner has a plot that rivals Shakespeare for intrigue, treachery and murder.

August 9, 2002 | Rating: A
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Often, the film feels more like a state of mind, combining the factual hardness of a documentary with the startling beauty of a surreal, fantastic dream.

July 19, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A beautiful, timeless and universal tale of heated passions -- jealousy, betrayal, forgiveness and murder.

July 19, 2002 | Rating: A-
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It may be the most satisfying experience you'll have at the movies this year.

July 12, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The kind of primal storytelling that George Lucas can only dream of.

July 11, 2002 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)


An interesting film!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

Unlike Margaret Atwood, I wouldn't call it the greatest Canadian film ever made but it is so unique in terms of its depictions of not only the lives of the Innuit..but a study of their ancient cultural belief system. A truly remarkable film.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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