#HotDocs23 @hotdocs: Polaris

A brief synopsis:

“If your mom didn’t love you, who can love you? Nobody. Even if you see the demonstration of love, you will not believe it.”

Review: Hayat, an expert sailor in the Arctic, navigates far from humans and her family’s past in France. Her family of origin’s story is bleak. Hayat explores the emotional neglect that she encountered as a child and how it breathes deeply in her bloodline, her work ethic, and her sense of self. Her relationship with her sister Leila is a strong one as illustrated in their check ins. After Leila gives birth to a baby girl Inaya, both sisters recant how their childhood and complex relationships with their parents shaped their adult lives, romantic relationships, and their relationships to one another. The film provides gorgeous snapshots of ocean and landscapes to get lost in while considering the heaviness of the subject matter.

Thirty Four Flavours Rating: 5/5


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