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344 Ratings

Sami Blood


Directed by Amanda Kernell
Sweden, Norway, 2016


Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sami girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this, Elle Marja has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.

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Sami Blood Directed by Amanda Kernell
Ms. Kernell, who has Sami heritage, richly conveys a sense of the time and place, with elegant shots that glide through the Nordic wilderness.
June 01, 2017
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This stirring but pleasingly unsentimental tale has all the makings of a festival crowdpleaser, and introduces a poised, intelligent young talent in star Lene Cecilia Sparrok.
September 01, 2016
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Kernell shows real skill in crafting quietly devastating moments like this, which are backed up by a restrained use of score and sound design.
September 01, 2016
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