Sharkey, part of the sinister world of child trade, picks up Vlado, an orphan of war, dreaming of freedom and a better life. They embark upon a strange and enlightening journey through war torn Bosnia. As they struggle to get out of the country and fight to stay alive, they find a special love and compassion from which emerges their ultimate moral and spiritual redemption.
I caught this film yesterday on cable TV channel. Though it wasn’t about eskimos it was surprisingly very good. So I was pleasantly surprised watching this touching and realistic drama about recent Balkan war. Well, it can be any of modern war – war it’s a horrible thing wherever it happens.
I don’t like tell many words about the plot but because this film isn’t famous it worth several lines. It’s a 1995, in former Yugoslavia, at the height of the war. Bob Hoskins (only one Anon-Polish actor in the movie) played Sharkey, who wants for some reason get a kid (perfectly played by young polish talent Sergiusz Zymelka) out of a war torn country. Everywhere is anarchy, brigandage and marauding. Man’s life worth simply nothing. For young orphan Vlado Sharkey it’s the only chance for escaping from this nightmare. But for this they must travel hundreds miles through many obstacles. At the time of this journey we learn more about two main characters. All scenes through the agonizing country were perfectly shot and looked incredibly powerful and realistic. Also I found story didn’t so forced like in some others modern war films (though it also wasn’t flawless here). Cinematography was almost perfect, also worth to mention the very good soundtrack.
Overall, I found Where Eskimos Live very good for such small-budgeted production. So, if you get a chance I recommend to all people check it out.
Director: Tomasz Wiszniewski
Writers: Robert Brutter, Tomasz Wiszniewski
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Sergiusz Zymelka, Krzysztof Majchrzak
Countries of origin: Poland, United Kingdom, Germany, United States
Filming locations: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 735 MiB
Duration : 1 h 28 min
Overall bit rate : 1 159 kb/s