REVIEWS - "Long Way North" by Rémi Chayé

Every once in a while a great feature film comes along that breaks the normal production mould. "Long Way North" (Tout en Haut du Monde) is one of those films. It's the tale of a fiercely intelligent fifteen-year-old girl, Sasha, who fights against the odds to establish both her independence and her courage while searching for her grandfather and his lost ship, The Davai.

The film is lovingly told with excellent compositions and masterful colour palette choices for each scene. These elements work together to perfectly set the tone for this epic tale. The film’s textured edges add a painterly feel to the minimalist artistic style that director Rémi Chayé chose to use for this piece. The effects are also exquisitely rendered and perfectly juxtapose the billowing smoke of the steam engines with the beautiful sails of the ships. The thoughtful use of effects is a beautiful visual counterpoint to the time depicted: when European women were beginning to demand social standing equal to that of their male counterparts.

This film is a tale of a strong heroine as well as a period piece with ties to a Russian society that was undergoing upheavals in its social structure at the time.

"Long Way North" is screening in Canada at Cineplex Cinemas on October 14th in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Exact theatre locations will be announced closer to the released date. The Canadian release of "Long Way North" is being handled by Soda Pictures (A
Thunderbird Company).

For more information on the film and insight into its production, check out Cartoon Brew's interview with Rémi Chayé:


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