"The performances, all from non-professional local actors, are noticeably uneven, but the film is as much a portrait of a place as it is a narrative, and cinematographer Lol Crawley shoots the white-on-white polar expanses like they’re vistas stretching to the ends of the earth—which in a way, they are. The amount of space is both exhilarating and utterly isolating." - Alison Willmore, AV Club
An interesting integration of Indigenous worldview with normally conflicting rules and technique of American genre. Although a bit overly dramatic when depicting family squabbles, MacLean smartly allows cultural values to rise above the constraints of the genre, wherein it's not necessarily about the fear of getting caught by the law, but getting lectured by family elders.
This is a great example of a first feature developed from an award winning short (Sikumi). Andrew has now created a rich and very well developed world for his characters. Contemporary in it's setting of hip-hop loving Eskimo teens growing up on the edge of civilisation the conflicts and plot points are very well timed and my only criticism would be the final turn. 3.5 stars