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Arctic is a 2018 survival film directed by Joe Penna in his directorial debut and starring Mads Mikkelsen. It premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival before being theatrically released on 1 February 2019.

A man named Overgård is stranded in the Arctic and sets out to return to civilization.


Arctic has examples of the following:

  • All There in the Script: Overgård's name is never said by anyone, due to the lack of dialogue. It appears in written form (when he tries to copy the woman's identification written in a script/language he doesn't understand, and when he finds his old ID card) and is also in the end credits of the film. We don't know what the "H" in his first name stands for.
  • Agony of the Feet: When Overgård falls into a crevasse, his leg gets trapped under a rock, and he's forced to break it several times while freeing it from the rock.
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  • Bears Are Bad News: While Overgård and the woman are resting in a small cave, the polar bear Overgård saw earlier tries to attack them, but Overgård fends it off with a flare.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After Overgård escapes from the crevasse and returns to the young woman, he finds some blood trickling from her mouth.
  • Fingore: Halfway through the film, it's revealed that Overgård's fingers have begun to suffer from frostbite.
  • Hope Spot:
    • When Overgård sees a helicopter in the beginning, he successfully gets its pilot's attention, and it looks as though he might be rescued. However, it crashes due to the bad weather and the pilot is killed, leaving only the female passenger alive.
    • Subverted at the end. When Overgård tries and fails to attract the attention of another nearby helicopter, he gives into despair and lays down to die with the woman. However, the film ends with the helicopter landing behind them.
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  • Minimalist Cast: The film's cast consists of Overgård, the young woman, the helicopter pilot (who dies early in the film) and the two people in the helicopter at the end.
  • No Name Given: The young woman's name is never mentioned, and in the credits she's credited as "Young Woman". Her identification is present, but it's in the script of an Asian language.
  • Oh, Crap!: Upon noticing a bear footprint nearby, Overgård quickly enters the safety of the plane wreckage.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": When Overgård is forced to break his leg, a crunch can be heard, and he has to do it several times in order to free his foot.

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