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  • Summary: Circa 1840. Two Inuit families meet after many years. It is summer; a happy time to celebrate their reunion, but despite the joyful mood, Ningiuq, an old, cannot stop worrying. She volunteers to dry the bounty of a successful fishing expedition on a remote island--seizing the occasion for some time alone. Her grandson, Maniq, follows her. They complete the task and wait for the return of the hunters as the cold of fall begins. No one comes. Ningiuq decides to return to the main camp with Maniq to see what happened to the others. But there are no others. In an incomprehensible nightmare, everyone is dead. Stunned, Ningiuq and Maniq go back to the relative safety of their island. What can they do now? If they are completely alone in this world what is the meaning of survival? Ningiuq tries desperately and cheerfully to protect Maniq from the loneliness of being the last humans on earth. (Isuma Productions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    A profound, elemental and hauntingly beautiful period drama that makes an intimate story of endurance into a metaphor for an entire culture.
  2. 83
    As the movie’s title implies, everything is about to change for these two. These are the last happy days before destructive modernity encroaches.
  3. Reviewed by: Charles Martin
    It’s a historical slice of life that not even most Canadians get to see, never mind the rest of the world, yet the tale is told more with emotion than words, and the language barrier melts away like the snow in spring.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    But if the movie's documentary function tends to trump its narrative one, the directors nevertheless manage to locate great reserves of sadness in the material, tapping a particularly rich vein in the wrinkled look of resignation on actress/co-director Ivalu's face.
  5. Frustratingly sketchy partly because it is not finally a survival tale but a mystical evocation of the power of Inuit mythology, and how the passing down of ancient wisdom can sustain the human spirit in the direst circumstances. But the unanswered questions still nag.
  6. The problem here, though, is that the movie often feels fat instead of lean. A terribly purple folk score by Kate and Anna McGarrigle hypes the spiritual aspects of the Inuit way of life; you’ll die laughing on the tundra.