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True North (2006)

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Writer/director Steve Hudson patterned his debut feature, True North, after classic Greek tragedy. This bleak and despairing drama concerns the Skipper (Gary Lewis) and Sean (Martin Compston), a father and son from the U.K. who co-pilot a small fishing boat called Providence. Though the Skipper remains aboard, Sean inherits all financial responsibility from his dad. But times are hard and the catch so inadequate that it cannot sustain the men. Terrified of being regarded as a failure by his father, Sean devises a dangerous scheme: he and deckhand Riley (Peter Mullan) will illegally pull Chinese immigrants from the far side of the North Sea while the Skipper sleeps, collect money from the stowaways, hide them in the ship's hold, and deposit them in northern England. All goes according to plan until Sean realizes that they must locate some actual fish to mislead the British authorities. Meanwhile, the Chinese passengers begin to waste away below deck, while a storm and other unforeseen catastrophes threaten the lives and safety of everyone aboard. The picture subsequently builds to a devastating conclusion. Steven Robertson and Angel Li co-star. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Gary Lewis
as Skipper
Angel Li
as Su Li
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Critic Reviews for True North

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

The daily struggles of life at sea, as well as the almost manic revelries indulged in to forget about it, are evoked with dark wit.

September 14, 2007 | Full Review…

If only the characters were a little less stock and the script more waterproofed. Halfway through our journey, the cliches start seeping in.

September 14, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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In many ways it's a disturbing story and Hudson offers few gestures of absolution, but those tiny chinks of light are all the more powerful because of it.

September 14, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A tense thriller with an important social message.

September 14, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Morally resonant [and] deeply-felt.

September 18, 2006 | Full Review…

The filmmaker is obviously driven by important concerns, and has found a means of representing them, at least in part.

February 14, 2021 | Full Review…

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