Natanaël, seven, still doesn't know how to read. His eccentric old aunt bequeaths her house to his parents and her book collection to the young boy. Nat discovers that the books serve as a ... See full summary »
A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.
1882, Saint Petersburg. Sasha, a young Russian aristocrat, has always been fascinated by her grandfather's life as an adventurer. A renowned explorer, he designed a magnificent arctic ship, but he hasn't returned from his last expedition to the North Pole. To save her family's honor, Sasha runs away. Headed towards the Great North, she follows her grandfather's trail in search of his famous ship.Written by
The basis of the history is in czarist Russia, and there are plenty of Russian letters and words on shops, et al. but the name of the ship is written in latin letters "DAVAI", even though a Russian ship would have the name in Cyrillic. See more »
So where is the North Pole?
On the top of the world! It's very cold there like a white desert. You have to walk for miles and miles on ice fields, with sleighs and dogs. But it's so beautiful... And what do we do when we reach the Pole, my Sashenka?
We plant the flag!
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After the credits, a short scene shows the flag Oloukine planted blowing away. See more »
Soon settles into its own pace to provide a methodical and captivating character-driven experience.
'Long Way North (2015)' is certainly not devoid of problems, with perhaps the biggest being it's jarringly choppy - if delightfully simple - animation style that runs at a generous twelve frames per second and takes a long time to get used to despite looking pretty gorgeous in a cut-out kind of way once you do - or if you pause the piece at any point. A close second is it's really poor English dub (though I haven't heard the French original so I can't compare) that sees everyone other than the lead and a couple of others turn in performances as wooden as the hull of the ship most of the movie takes place on. After a slow start, however, the picture settles into its own pace to provide a methodical and captivating character-driven experience that doesn't quite stick the landing (finishing before a proper finale ever really occurs) but gets you essentially as invested as possible and delivers an inevitable emotional punch instead. Ultimately, it's an enjoyable and interesting watch throughout its duration that should work its charms on even the iciest of hearts. 7/10
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