Has anyone besides Scott seen Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
? Not sure where else it's playing; I think the flick is a bit short of the masterpiece some critics claim -- that's due to it having a story that's both relentlessly compelling yet frustratingly conventional. Many pundits have excused this by saying it fits in with the Joseph Campbell myths so it's supposed to be conventional. I say hogwash. Nevertheless, the visuals are outstanding, the performances of the two leads (the actors playing Atanarjuat and his wife Atuat) are terrific, and it has some provocative things to say about the human condition, underscored by an atmosphere I've never seen treated like this on video (it's DV, not film). As a piece of Eskimo epic storytelling, it's a beautiful work of art -- as a contribution to world cinema, it's vital but not groundbreaking in any substantial way. The 6th best film of the year so far.