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Before Tomorrow

2008 1h 33m Drama List
81% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 48% Audience Score 100+ Ratings As two isolated families meet for a celebration two of their relatives wait on an island to be picked up. Read More Read Less

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Stephen Holden New York Times Frustratingly sketchy partly because it is not finally a survival tale but a mystical evocation of the power of Inuit mythology, and how the passing down of ancient wisdom can sustain the human spirit in the direst circumstances. Rated: 2/5 Dec 4, 2009 Full Review Noel Murray AV Club It's set in a forbidding landscape at a dangerous time, and Cousineau and Ivalu show how companionship and shared tradition can go a long way toward sustaining people even in the face of personal devastation. Rated: B+ Dec 3, 2009 Full Review Andrew Schenker Village Voice The directors nevertheless manage to locate great reserves of sadness in the material, tapping a particularly rich vein in the wrinkled look of resignation on actress/co-director Ivalu's face. Dec 2, 2009 Full Review Ron Wilkinson Monsters and Critics One of the most intriguing films of the year. A film that says a lot by saying little. Rated: 7/10 Dec 15, 2009 Full Review Chris Cabin neither Ivalu nor Cousineau have the light, deft touch it takes to merge cultural fiction and social realism in a seamless manner Rated: 2/5 Dec 3, 2009 Full Review Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru A poignant, heartfelt, enlightening and lyrical journey filled with beautiful, haunting images. Rated: 8.5/10 Dec 2, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member A beautiful photography with a bit of education on the Inuit culture. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member WATCH THIS MOVIE ONLINE FREE AT Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member should be interesting Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member It's powerful and wholly naturalistic, but in its commitment to naturalism ends up being a little bit dull. It's a slice of Inuit life until the boy and his grandmother split away. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member tho the story was not well laid out, this movie is more about character and culture. i personally enjoyed this movie because it's hard to find movies about my culture in southern ontario. to my friends in the south who is tired of the summer blockbuster blitz and want something different, i would suggest this movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Following the iconic "Atanarjuat" and its less-praised follow-up "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen", "Before Tomorrow" is a meditative and elegiac filmic metaphor on the decline of traditional Inuit culture in the wake of European contact. Following an old woman and her grandson stranded alone in a cave after European disease kills their community, the all-Inuit production (produced by Zacharias Kunuk, who directed the previous two entries in the "trilogy") visualizes the isolation of its two main characters as set against the sad but beautiful desolation of the frozen North. The point is repeated again and again by the grandmother (the remarkable Madeline Ivalu): a child cannot survive alone, and this mantra becomes an epitaph for the old Inuit way of life. "Before Tomorrow" is a film you have to come to, and it cuts no corners, lingering on long shots of Ivalu extinguishing her seal-fat lamp and providing only the briefest of incident. But it's a lovely movie if you let it be what it wants to be. If it has a flaw, it's the use of two perfectly pretty and meaningful folk songs by Kate & Anna McGarrigle. Thematically apt though they are, the inherent modernity of the songs on the soundtrack breaks the tenuous illusion and pulls the viewer out of the film's painstaking recreation of pre-colonial Inuit life. It takes you out of the film instead of pulling you in, and thus it's a poor choice of music. Beyond that, though, the film is a fine addition to the new tradition established by its predecessors. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis As two isolated families meet for a celebration two of their relatives wait on an island to be picked up.
Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Ivalu
Stephane Rituit
Susan Avingaq, Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Ivalu
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 7, 2018
1h 33m