Before Tomorrow (Le Jour avant le lendemain) Reviews
The point is repeated again and again by the grandmother (the remarkable Madeline Ivalu): a child cannot survive alone, and this mantra becomes an epitaph for the old Inuit way of life. "Before Tomorrow" is a film you have to come to, and it cuts no corners, lingering on long shots of Ivalu extinguishing her seal-fat lamp and providing only the briefest of incident. But it's a lovely movie if you let it be what it wants to be. If it has a flaw, it's the use of two perfectly pretty and meaningful folk songs by Kate & Anna McGarrigle. Thematically apt though they are, the inherent modernity of the songs on the soundtrack breaks the tenuous illusion and pulls the viewer out of the film's painstaking recreation of pre-colonial Inuit life. It takes you out of the film instead of pulling you in, and thus it's a poor choice of music. Beyond that, though, the film is a fine addition to the new tradition established by its predecessors.