Pathfinder (Norway, 1987)

sami boy aiming straigt at the viewer with a bow and arrow.

Still from Pathfinder (1987).

Pathfinder (Norwegian title: Veiviseren, Sami title: Ofelaš) remains one of Norways absolute best films throughout the times. I can’t say for sure how many times I have seen it, but every now and again I just have to pick it back up and watch it again.

Everything works in this film. An engaging story, magnificent winter landscape and an unlikely hero. If there’s anything that reduces the impression, it must be that the enemies in the film (the Tsjuds) appears to be without any human emotions or empathy. They don’t seem to have any motivation outside of being evil. But then again, they are so completely evil that it works out fine in any case.

If you have not yet seen this gem of Scandinavian cinema, I do urge you to do so. And if you have seen it, it’s probably time to watch it again.