Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) Reviews
"Long Way North" is a sweeping historic drama presented in grandiose, panoramic backgrounds, creating a majestic, old timey, epic movie feel. Sacha is a spunky and smart teen, who leaves an entitled life to find her Arctic explorer grandfather's ship. Not an easy task, especially in 1882, when resources were scarce, and women were in their "place".
Capturing the bleak and cruel nature of the Arctic is one thing, but unravelling it as a series of gorgeous paintings is truly an achievement. Once "Long Way North" gets rolling, the sumptuous colour palette makes way for a fast paced adventure with a terrific and totally believable heroine in the lead. A viceral, historic yarn well spun.
The film is lovingly told with excellent compositions and masterful colour palette choices for each scene that perfectly set the tone for this epic tale. The textured edges in the film add a painterly feel to the minimalistic art style that Rémi chose to use for this piece. The effects are also exquisitely rendered and perfectly juxtapose the billowing smoke of the steam engines with the beautiful sails of the ships. The thoughtful use of effects is a beautiful visual counterpoint to a time when European women were beginning to demand equal social standing and power to their male counterparts.
This film is a tale of a strong heroine while also being a period piece with ties to a Russian society that was undergoing upheavals in it's social structure at the time.