Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 21, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Fast Runner

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
172 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/07/02
performer
Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Grant Geissman, Sylvia Ivalu
director
Zacharias Kunuk
distributor
Lot 47 Films
author
Paul Apak Angilirq
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

This stunning, fully formed masterpiece, the first feature ever in the Inuktitut language, retells a thousand-year-old Inuit legend about a blood feud between families unleashed by shamanistic forces but resolved by men. The northern Canadian vistas of ice, light, and vivid nothingness are dazzling in their real vastness. But The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) is equally notable for the authoritative pace, so confident in its own Inuit-ness, with which the story is told and for the grace and ardor of the cast, most of them untrained.

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