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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Baby it's ikkiertok outside

The Reel of the week is 2003's "THE SNOW WALKER". It's a film that takes place in 1953. Barry Pepper stars as Charlie Halliday, a rather roguish former WWII pilot who returns from the war and goes to work as a bush pilot in Alaska. He ferries about , rich business men and flies in goods to remote fishing villages. On one such trip he encounters an Inuit family fishing near the shoreline. The family entices Charlie with Ivory to deliver their daughter/sister Kanaalaq (played by Annabella Piugattuk) , who is ill, to a hospital in YellowKnife. 

On the way to the hospital, Charlie encounters engine trouble and they crash on the desolate tundra.
The development of the relationship between Charlie and Kanaalaq is the bread and butter of the Film. It's about two journeys, the physical journey and a journey of the spirit and of self-discovery.

 Annabella Piugattuk was so incredibly charming as Kanaalaq, it almost brought tears to my eyes. She has such an innocence in her laughter and acting. The sound of her native language was melodic and pleasing to the ear.

I was so engrossed in the film, I had forgotten I had put eggs on to boil, until one of them exploded. I cursed the interruption.
This story was an unexpected Gem (Why hadn't I heard of it) It was a commentary on how connected we really are, whether we choose to believe it or not.

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