Ce qu'il faut pour vivre (2008)

The Necessities of Life is a gorgeous film, deeply rooted in goodness. It tells the story of Tivii, an Inuit man who is taken from his family on Baffin Island to have his tuberculosis treated in Quebec City. His language and absent knowledge of this new world isolate him from everyone else in the sanitarium, but the kindness and attention from a nurse give him hope.

The depiction of aboriginal people is not overly romanticized. Instead they are treated as humans with dignity and gifts. Also of note is how the Quebecois are depicted: not perfect, but not as native hating villains either. A wonderfully balanced film making the story that much more beautiful and telling of the human condition.

The protagonist is extraordinarily played by Natar Ungalaaq of Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner fame.

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