The pure white and blue beauty of Greenland's stunning icy landscape is paired with an involving story of a traumatized teen reconnecting with his ancestral ways in Mike Magidson's enjoyable feature debut, "Inuk." A rare Greenland production (with joint French coin), this is solid fanlily fare that combines a sympathetic protag with an exotic locale for overall pleasant entertainment. "Inuk" has been picking up awards at a slew of second-tier fests, and while wide distribution will remain elusive, satcast sales and school programs should increase visibility.
CREDITS: Directed by Mike Magidson. Screenplay, Jean-Michel Huctin, Magidson. Reviewed on DVD, Rome, June 3, 2012. (In Cannes Film Festival--market.) Running time: 88 MIN.
With: Gaaba Petersen, Ole Jorgen Hammeken, Rebekka Jorgensen, Sara Lyberth, Inunnguaq Jeremiassen, Elisabeth Skade, Ivaq Morch, Hendrik Qvist, Angutitsiaq Kreutzmann, Fraud Therkielsen, Alisa Hammer, Julunnguaq Amossen, Jakob Lovstrom Uunartoq, Ann Andreasen, Carla Lynge, Isabell Hansen, Frederik Kristiansen.
(Greenlandic, Danish dialogue)