Heart of Light (1998)





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Jacob Gronlykke directed this $3 million Danish drama, the first production filmed completely in Greenland, with Inuit dialogue. The story begins with the 1947 ceremonies in which Greenland becomes part of Denmark; Danish king Christian X gives a ceremonial rifle to Greenland's Niisi Lynge. A half-century later, Niisi's son Rasmus (Rasmus Lyberth) still has the rifle, but past dreams have gone sour. The alcoholic Rasmus, married to aggressive Marie (Vivi Nielsen), has many problems because of his drinking, and so does his son Niisi (Knud Peterson), who drunkenly kills his brother's girlfriend and then commits suicide. The grief-stricken Rasmus sets out across the frozen land on a risky hunting trip, and the film's tone shifts from realism to satire as Danish female environmentalists make fun of his crude clothing and gear. A helicopter pilot lands and tries to talk Rasmus into turning back. In a folkloric vein, Rasmus encounters a hermit, the Qivittoq (Anda Kristiansen), who takes him into a mystical world for a reunion with his father. Shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
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Rasmus Lyberth
as Rasmus Lynge
Vivi Nielsen
as Marie Lynge
Anda Kristiansen
as The Qivittoq
Niels Platou
as Mikael Berthelsen
Kenneth Rasmussen
as Simon Lynge
Knud Petersen
as Niisi Lynge
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Critic Reviews for Heart of Light

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Heart of Light (2000) - Greenland was relatively untouched until after World War II, when the Danes negotiated a deal, which led Greenland toward modernization, and the national confusion that followed. The central character, who's father made centralization possible, struggled against the loss of national identify until it drug him into alcoholism, family dysfunction, and finally, into tragedy. What follows is a walk along a razors edge of stark reality and mysticism. Great cinematography. Acting so good that you'll forget you're watching a movie. The story will take you in.

Rich Brown
Rich Brown

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