Cult New Zealand director Vincent Ward (THE NAVIGATOR) pushes perhaps a little too hard for popularity with this oddly truncated, though engrossing, epic.
Young Avik (Robert Joamie) is a mixed white-Inuit boy living with his grandmother (Jayko Pitseolak) in the Arctic Canadian settlement of Nunataaq in 1931. He attaches himself to a British cartographer passing through, Walter Russell (Patrick Bergin), who feels guilty when Avik contracts the
"white man's disease," tuberculosis, and takes the youngster to recuperate at a clinic in Montreal. There he falls in love with a mixed white-Indian girl, Albertine (Annie Galipeau), but they are soon separated by the Cat...