2015, Spain-France-Bulgaria, 100’, Color, English
Director: Isabel Coixet
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne, Rinko Kukichi
2015 Berlin Film Festival Opening Film
The relentless icy landscape that separates and draws two women together during the long, tense wait for the man they both love in such different ways.
Canadian Arctic, 1908. Mrs Peary is an imperious, impetuous woman of considerable means; she has come out to these frozen wastes to pursue her husband – a headstrong explorer who has a passion for this terrain and who has spent most of their marriage apart from his wife, pursuing the dream of placing himself at the North Pole. Mrs Peary has, with formidable determination, and resplendent in stylish and rather Russian-looking furs hired a local team of trackers, led by grizzled old Bram. As her journey gets more arduous, and her inner journey more painful, Mrs Peary is to encounter a friendly Inuit woman, Allaka with whom she realizes she has more in common than she thought.