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Set in the Arctic, this glacier-paced, Inuit-language film (the first of its kind) tells the ancient legend of two men (Natar Ungalaaq and Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq) vying for a tribal babe (Sylvia Ivalu). She's promised to Arnatsiaq, but Ungalaaq wins her in a head-banging contest (as in hitting, not jamming). So, the spurned suitor attacks the new groom in his sleep.
Luckily, Ungalaaq escapes, running butt-naked across the sea ice. (Really.) Be patient--there might be some confusion caused by a large cast and some fuzzy story beats. But the beautifully photographed film mixes engrossing drama with anthropological authenticity, vividly depicting the traditions and struggles of the nomadic culture. With a marathon three-hour running time, Fast Runner may not be tundras of fun for everyone, but trust us, this snowy epic is worth its salt.