Two Lovers and a Bear

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Two Lovers and a Bear's absurdly philosophical story is brought to life by the magnetic chemistry between Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan.



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Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (DeHaan) and Lucy (Maslany), two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace.

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John Ralston
as Lucy's father
Gordon Pinsent
as Bear, Bear's voice
Kakki Peter
as Sheriff John Tovok
Joseph Nakogee
as Peter (store cashier)
Bernice Clarke
as Lucy's friend
Jeffrey R. Smith
as Taxi Client
Joel Gagne
as American Hunter
Ash Catherwood
as Mouthwash buyer
Denis Lapalme
as Amputated man
Donno Mitoma
as Lucy's taxi client
Jayko Ejesiak
as Seven year old kid
Joshua Qaumariaq
as Inuit party singer
Phoenix Wilson
as Six year old kid
Anubha Momin
as Muslim Airline Agent
Justin Edward Seale
as Airport worker #2
Vinnie Karetak
as Twin Otter Pilot
Enooapik Sageatook
as Lucy's Grandmother
Stephen Saarien
as Man in his thirties
Zipporah Ungalaq
as Linda (taxi customer)
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Critic Reviews for Two Lovers and a Bear

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10)

  • Reckless love, life and death, and a talking polar bear (voiced by Gordon Pinsent) are all given equal time but not a trajectory we can follow.

    Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Two Lovers and a Bear" is above all thrillingly cinematic, even when its elements of lived-in intensity and jokey fantasy refuse to coalesce.

    Jan 5, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Beautiful and thoroughly unpredictable; you never know where Nguyen is going with this story, including the chilling, sci-fi/horror direction he heads in toward the film's climax.

    Dec 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The beauty and absurdity (things also get harrowing) don't entirely compensate for the overheated romanticism in which the movie is grounded, but they do make "Two Lovers and a Bear" a nearly singular cinematic trek.

    Dec 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • "I can talk to bears," Roman explains, and that's that, basically.

    Dec 12, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • There's a surreal quality to Two Lovers and a Bear that gets underlined by the appearance of the Ursus maritimus of the title; DeHaan has called the movie an adult fairy tale, and that's an apt description.

    Oct 13, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

    Toronto Sun
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Two Lovers and a Bear

  • May 07, 2017
    This was a fantastic film and further proof Canada is really leading the charge for indie filmmaking. The two leads are great and you can see why they were so drawn to the film. I casually found this gem on Netflix and was engaged from beginning to end. The film has great strength and it comes from the script and the development of the characters. The story is full of complexity and characters who are attracted to each other by the many flaws that are holding them back. Great film and a must see. 07-05-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2017
    Interesting tale, uniquely set in frigid climes, about a love affair that burns everything else from the hearts and minds of its star crossed participants. Nice.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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