The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey

The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey

(1988)

Visionary director Vincent Ward's Palme d'Or nominated fantasy following Griffin (Hamish McFarlane), a young 14th Century boy with acute psychic powers. During the period of the Black Death plague in Cumbria, north of England, Griffin believes that he can rescue his fellow villagers by leading them into an abandoned mine. The fugitives tunnel their way through the darkness and emerge on the other side. They've traveled to a bustling New Zealand metropolis, and forward in time to 1988. The phenomenon is seen from the point of view of the "aliens" to whom every modern convenience and invention is a miracle comparable to the Resurrection.... More

Ward describing the film: "What I wanted to do was to look at the 20th century through medieval eyes... It's as if the dreams of our contemporary world - our technological monsters of destruction - could be forseen in the nightmares of medieval man."

A character in a remote location with a spiritual connection to his surroundings, would become a re-occurring idea throughout his work. Cementing Ward's reputation, The Navigator - especially notable for its stunning visuals - won six AFI awards and received a five minute standing ovation when it screened at Cannes.Hide

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I just can't wait to get a Bluray copy of The Navigator... Specially being in Argentina. I Owned a VHS copy and a downloaded DVD9 copy of the flic. Over 25 years later is going to be released finally on glorious HD. A beautiful tale, perfectly crafted, before the Weta era in New Zealand. A must see for every fantasy lover.


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  • A simple, beautifully etched fable of faith and perseverance...told with elegant conviction...a great and charismatic adventure. Full Review

  • It's a bum deal, being a visionary. For more conventional artists working the formulaic main streets, failures are of less consequence because less is attempted, less ventured. Also, it seems we are often more tolerant of artists who fail in expected ways than in those who take magnificent chances and fail magnificently. Full Review

  • An audacious, visually memorable fantasy...the story works not only as adventure, but as the love story of two brothers and a parable of faith and religion. Full Review

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