"Animated French Adventure Told with Simplicity and Grace"
What You Need To Know:
At first, LONG WAY NORTH may seem hard to follow. However, it’s a lovely French animation with a heartfelt story told through very simple drawings. The movie has a strong moral worldview where love triumphs over all and value is placed on family relationships. It also has some redemptive elements where forgiveness is repeatedly displayed. That said, there are three light curse words and scenes of men drinking. Also, the movie has some light Romantic elements of following your dream. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children for LONG WAY NORTH.
(BB, C, Ro, L, V, S, AA, M) Strong moral worldview with some redemptive elements includes love triumphs over all, granddaughter honors her grandfather placing value and importance on family relationships, and forgiveness repeatedly displayed, including heroine forgives man for gambling away her earrings, older brother forgives younger brother for spending all his money and being a poor leader, angry crew members forgive heroine for leading them astray, with some Romantic elements; two “d” obscenities and one “h” obscenity; light action violence, drunk men push and shove each other, man on expedition threatens leader with gun point, dangerous avalanche crashes and destroys ship; no sex but young boy kisses young girl innocently to show admiration; no nudity; older men drink beers and wine at local bar, men get drunk and rowdy at bar; no smoking or drug use; and, light miscellaneous immorality includes lying, stealing, greed, gambling, and dysfunctional family.
LONG WAY NORTH is a dubbed animated adventure from France about an aristocratic young Russian girl who goes on an epic adventure to the North Pole to find her missing grandfather and save her family’s reputation.
Sacha, a 14-year-old girl from an aristocratic Russian family, longs for something more than the life her parents desire. Years ago, Sacha’s grandfather went missing after an expedition to the North Pole. Since his departure, a longing to find him has welled up inside her. She believes he’s still alive, but her family and friends think otherwise. Sacha longs to travel to the North Pole to find him, but her parents won’t allow it. They throw a fancy ball in an effort to marry her off to an egotistical Russian prince, but during the party she calls out the prince for having a terrible attitude. He announces his disdain for Sacha and leaves the ball saying he would never marry a woman so outspoken.
Sacha’s parents are shamed in public and angry with their daughter for being so crass to the wealthy prince. They ask her to beg for his forgiveness, but Sacha refuses to compromise.
The next day she packs her bags and runs away to the North Pole with her grandfather’s old maps, determined to find him. She ends up in a little town, the last one before the North Pole. Upon her arrival, Sacha is ripped off by a young man, who takes her precious earrings in exchange for a boat ride the next morning. She wakes up early the next morning ready to leave, but the man isn’t there. She cries alone on the dock.
A large woman, owner of the local bar/restaurant, takes Sacha under her wing. She offers her room and board in exchange for helping in the restaurant/bar. Sacha agrees, desperate for a warm meal and place to sleep. She works with the jovial woman for one month, saving enough money to buy a ticket to the North Pole. She buys her ticket and joins a crew of all men driven by her fierce spirit to find grandpa.
When the ship departs, things take a turn for the worse. The bitter cold makes life very hard on the ship. One day a jagged avalanche falls on the ship and destroys it. The men and Sacha must travel on foot to her grandfather’s whereabouts. Even if he’s not there, their only source of hope to survive is to find the ship he traveled on many years ago to get them back home. An epic journey begins filled with bitter winds, lack of food and polar bears.
At first, LONG WAY NORTH may seem hard to follow. However, it’s a lovely French animation with a heartfelt story told through very simple drawings. If you can allow your mind to slow down and enjoy the long takes, a beautiful, enchanting story comes to life. The movie excels with its well-developed characters and soothing sound effects to accompany the majestic animated drawings.
LONG WAY NORTH has a strong moral worldview where love triumphs over all and value is placed on family relationships. It also has some redemptive elements where forgiveness is repeatedly displayed. That said, there are three light curse words and scenes of men drinking. Also, there are some light Romantic elements of following your dream. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children for LONG WAY NORTH.