Before tomorrow

Before tomorrow

Le jour avant le lendemain

DVD - 2008 | Inuktitut
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It's summertime, a time when Inuit communities come together to share food, tell stories, and marry their young. Ninguig (Ivalu) and her best friend Kutuujuk (Mary Qulitalik) are elders in one such community, and when Ninguig gets word that the Europeans are advancing she fears for the future of her people. But Ninguig has a more immediate problem to worry about as well; Kutuujuk has fallen gravely ill, and it looks as if she won't live to see another winter. After returning from a fishing excursion with a rather bountiful catch, Ningiuq, her grandson Maniq (Paul-Dylan Ivalu), and Kutuujuk prepare to dry the fish. Alone on a remote and uninhabited island, the trio waits for someone from their tribe to arrive and guide them back home. When no one appears to do so, Ningiuq and Maniq decide to set off for home while Kutuujuk waits behind. Unfortunately Ningiuq has a foreboding feeling about the journey, and she's about to discover just how accurate her instincts truly are.
Publisher: Montreal : Distributed by Alliance Atlantis, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
Branch Call Number: DVD FILM BEF
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (circa 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Jour avant le lendemain


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Jan 06, 2017

Directors Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu make perfect use of their arctic locations to tell this tale of an ill-fated Inuit family, a follow-up of sorts to 2001’s "Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner". Their cast of aboriginal non-professionals put in such natural performances that at times the film resembles a documentary especially with those amazing backdrops of rocky shores, rolling tundra, and sheets of ice glistening beneath a frozen sun. Whether it be an old woman savouring a bowl of berries or another seeking solace from her dead husband’s memory, the directors wring a bit of magic from even the simplest scenes. Those expecting an action adventure movie will be sorely disappointed however, for just like one of grandmother’s bedtime stories told round a guttering oil lamp, "Before Tomorrow" is a slow progression of quiet moments and everyday metaphors whose underlying message—the devastating cost of colonialism—is delivered in a hushed whisper.

Mar 29, 2016

A very beautiful movie. The pace is slow and I had to review the ending to make sure I understood what happened. But so worth it!

Sep 03, 2011

very touching film - window into the Inuit culture

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