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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.

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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 (97) | Top Critics (30)

In a time of decadent visual clutter, the stark beauty of these Arctic landscapes is bracing.

March 7, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The performances of all the roles are better than we might have expected. Sincerity pulses throughout, the assurance from these people that they are enacting a legend that is significant to them.

January 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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

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

August 9, 2002 | Rating: A

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

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

July 19, 2002 | Rating: A-

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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