It's a story as old as humanity--one of love, jealousy, and betrayal, both within a family and between two families--but the setting, a starkly beautiful Arctic landscape, is not typical. The Fast Runner tells a ponderous tale of two brothers, Atanarjuat and Amaqjuaq, and their spiteful rival, Oki, who conspires to kill them when Atanarjuat wins the affections of Oki's promised wife, Atuat. Nearly three hours long, the film plays out like an ancient legend told to younger generations in warning. It's infused with a mysticism in which spirits cause the wicked actions of otherwise decent people.
The actors, all Native people speaking Inuktitut (with subtitles), bring a necessary subtlety to their roles that makes The Fast Runner feel more like a documentary than a typical feature film. It's easy to get lost in the drama of this snowy world, where dog sleds are the only transportation and meat is eaten raw, cut straight from the bone. The film's slow pace mirrors the pace of life in such harsh conditions, but the energy of its epic story, spanning three generations and affecting the lives of everyone in the group, is deeply compelling. --Adem Tepedelen --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
An exiting movie. The true north strong and free is beautiful.
The movie will keep you at the edge of your chair, you won't
Brilliantly made, Inuit films, shot entirely in northern Canada. It's a great story, if you can follow the subtitles. Read morePublished 19 months ago by amadan65
Its and alright film, has some inuit folklore which is good, and it shows some inuit woman breasts as wellPublished on June 5 2013 by Joshua Davidson
A Canadian classic, saw the movie on the big screen, I wanted to share it with a friend in France. It should be in everyone's library.Published on Feb. 9 2013 by rocks'n'oses
A rare and brilliant movie of life among the Arctic Native peoples. A must for High Schools.Published on Oct. 17 2009 by F. W. Thornton
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner This is a very thoughtful and understated film. There are no big explosions or other things that are in almost all films today. Read morePublished on June 2 2009 by Isabelle Sibley
this movie was kind of slow paced, but once you kind of set yourself to that pace, it was pretty good. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2008 by elfdart
This film is of a quality that normally eludes Canadian film-making, combining mythical elements of Inuit culture with the harsh reality of life in the Arctic. Read morePublished on May 18 2005
Though the film starts off quite a bit slow, and may be a bit too long and 'boring' for many, it ends with finally getting a little more attention and as well as understanding what... Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2004 by Anthony Chiu