Tuesday, February 15, 2005

White Dawn

Like Mutiny on the Bounty and any number of films with American Indians, it gives you masturbatory fantasies about indigenous women. And like many of those films, it means to glorify that simple life and suggest the evil of the progressed. Though in that polar world, not all the innocence was born in the garden, Bottoms in perhaps his best role, that Christ figure, walking on frozen water. That claustrophobic world of igloo insides, that cold world of snow and rain; that bloody world of torn out hearts and seals. A simple, straightforward story, mishandled at times and taken overly seriously by its director, but a worthy watch, that red and white story, those gray skies.