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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys

Directed by Jessica Oreck
United States, Finland, 2013
Documentary

Synopsis

This gorgeously lensed documentary from director Jessica Oreck quietly follows the Aatsinki brothers through the changing seasons. Share in the hard work, daily rituals and small joys that make up life in the unforgiving landscape above the Arctic Circle.

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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys Directed by Jessica Oreck

Critics reviews

…AATSINKI holds many pleasures, some easily seen, some more discreet. But like many of the more idiosyncratic works of filmmakers like Chris Marker, this is a film best seen as the effort of a curious artist, endlessly intrigued by the way the world works and ambitious enough to share the mysteries discovered. In some ways this is Oreck’s most perfectly personal work; the quietly uncompromising vision is a statement of principle and a cause for celebration and continued allegiance.
January 23, 2014
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Observing a year in the life of the brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki, reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland, this challenging and mesmerizing documentary captures horror and joy with the same gorgeous dispassion. Neither explaining the action nor commenting on it, the director, Jessica Oreck, isn’t arguing a case for this dying way of life; her aloof, disciplined aesthetic remains strictly show, not tell.
January 23, 2014
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The rest of us—at least those who groove on process-oriented features in the Sweetgrass and Leviathan vein—will find plenty to like in Oreck’s year-in-the-life portrait. There’s automatic poetry in the harsh landscapes and the many wide shots of reindeer running around in lamb-to-the-slaughter unison. Yet the Aatsinki siblings never rise past a kind of rotely anonymous masculinity, and overall the film tends to lull rather than engage the senses.
January 21, 2014
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