Map of the Human Heart

Map of the Human Heart

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vincent Ward
Produced by Tim Bevan
Vincent Ward
Written by Louis Nowra
Story by Vincent Ward
Starring Jason Scott Lee
Robert Joamie
Anne Parillaud
Clotilde Courau
Music by Gabriel Yared
Cinematography Eduardo Serra
Editing by John Scott
Frans Vandenburg
Studio Working Title Films
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Australian Film Finance Corporation
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) 1993
Running time 109 minutes
Country Australia / United Kingdom
Language English

Map of the Human Heart is the title of a 1993 film by New Zealand director Vincent Ward. It was screened out of competition at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

The film, set mostly before and during World War II, centers on the life of a Canadian Inuit boy, Avik (played as a child by Robert Joamie, and as an adult by Jason Scott Lee), who joins the Royal Canadian Air Force and eventually, as a crewmember of a Lancaster bomber, participates in the notorious firebombing of Dresden. Throughout his life, Avik is haunted by love for a Métis girl, Albertine (played by Anne Parillaud), and by a belief that he brings misfortune to those around him.

The film also stars Patrick Bergin, who plays a pivotal role as both surrogate father to Avik and his primary rival in Albertine's love. Jeanne Moreau has a minor role as a Québécois nun. John Cusack also has a small but important role as the mapmaker to whom Avik relates his incredible tale.

The film's re-creation of the firebombing of Dresden is one of the most graphic and powerful sequences in the film. On the day Ward finished shooting those scenes, he received word that his father, who had actually participated in the historical firebombing of Dresden, had died. This is why Ward chose to dedicate the film to him.

There are two other scenes in the movie which garnered much attention. The first one is a pivotal love scene that takes place on top of an English military blimp (not in a cabin or gondola but actually on top of the blimp), the other is the final scene of the film which has a twist ending.

The scenes in "Nunatuk," the region of Northern Canada where Avik's people are from, were filmed on location in what is now Nunavut, using local Inuit as extras.

The script was written by Australian author Louis Nowra, using a 10-page treatment Ward had written a year earlier as his guide.

In 1931, a chartist lands a plane in the Arctic to map unrecorded regions. He takes an Eskimo boy with tuberculosis back to civilisation where he is healed and indoctrinated in a Catholic foster home. The Eskimo meets a "half-breed" girl (father was French, mother was Indian) and they fall in love. They are separated and the Eskimo returns to the Arctic. Years later he encounters the chartist again and sends a message to his love via the chartist. He joins the air force to fight Hitler, and runs into her again, but there are obstacles that threaten his friendships and relationships.



Box Office

Map of the Human Heart grossed $539,000 at the box office in Australia,[2].

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External links

Official links

Map of the Human Heart at Vincent Ward Films

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