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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Movie Info

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.
R (for some sexuality/nudity and violence)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Natar Ungalaaq
as Atanarjuat
Pakkak Innukshuk
as Amaqjuaq
Madeline Ivalu
as Panikpak
Paul Qulitalik
as Qulitalik
Apayata Kotierk
as Kumaglak
Felix Alaralak
as Tulimaq
Mary Qulitalik
as Niriuniq
Luke Taqqaugaq
as Pittiulak
Alex Uttak
as Pakak
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
Samueli Ammaq
as Sigluk
Jenny Irngaut
as Oki's Wife
Rita Ijjiraq
as Pittaluk's Wife
Andrew Uyarasuk
as Young Sigluk
Arsene Ivalu
as Qillaq
Racheal Uyarasuk
as Elder Lady
Catherine Arnatsiaq
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
Natar Ungalaq
as Atanarjuat
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Critic Reviews for Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (28)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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
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
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

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July 26, 2002
Arizona Republic
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
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)

This movie definitely won't be for everyone, but if you really like original films. This is one of a kind. Nothing even comes to mind as being remotely similar. It's just so raw and beautiful and authentic. Definitely on my list of films to buy on DVD now.

Michael Stuhlman
Michael Stuhlman

It felt like I was a fly on the igloo walls watching the every day life, traditions and mythology of an ancient inuit tribe!

Juli Norwood
Juli Norwood

An interesting film!

Leo L
Leo L

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