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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Jessica Oreck

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About the Movie

One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. A study of hard work, hard-earned leisure, and an intricate bond between man and nature. Brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys of the Arctic. Quiet but good natured, dare-devilish but humble, rugged but gentle, and exceptionally knowledgeable when it comes to their little slice of wilderness. These men are what John Wayne wanted to be. The brothers, along with their wives and children, live well north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, where they are the leaders of a collective of traditional reindeer herders who manage the last group of wild reindeer in all of Finland. AATSINKI follows the family for the span of one year, quietly observing their seasonal routines and the difficulties and joys of a life so closely tied to the land.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This challenging and mesmerizing documentary captures horror and joy with the same gorgeous dispassion. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jan 23, 2014

Fresh: With the perseverance of a field anthropologist and the eye of a poet, documentarian Jessica Oreck traces a year of seasons in the stunning "Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys." – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Feb 27, 2014

Fresh: While some of the workers' chitchat is translated via subtitles, long passages of it are not. Oreck's imagery of the forbidding Arctic landscape through its seasonal transformations (the movie covers roughly a year) is eloquent enough. – Chris Klimek, Village Voice, Jan 21, 2014

Rotten: The Aatsinki siblings never rise past a kind of rotely anonymous masculinity, and overall the film tends to lull rather than engage the senses. – Keith Uhlich, Time Out, Jan 21, 2014

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Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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