If there is a Greenlander “type” (and if not, take a moment come up with one) Malik would be it: he is taciturn, bearish and mildly hedonistic bachelor. He’s a carpenter, good with his hands, not terribly articulate, living with his similarly-reserved grandparents. He lives in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, where there’s not much to do but work, hunt, drink and pick up women (all of which Malik does well). He spends a lot of time with his friends, Inuit cousin Mikael and baffoonish Carsten, the latter of whom ends up in the hospital after an overdose of Viagra, but it is Malik who receives bad news: he has cancer and not long to live. Forced to decide between leaving for Denmark for treatment that may extend his life or spending his remaining time with friends, family and the girlfriend he has never quite committed to, Malik finds himself suddenly face to face maturity and mortality. He isn’t quite ready for either. Choosing to keep the news a secret, he takes a boat trip with Mikael where they shoot a half-baked commercial, crisscross the craggy fjords of his homeland, camp with a heartsick tourist and confront a reclusive shepherd with the key to resolving some long-smoldering family issues.
Continue reading Torben Bech & Otto Rosing – Nuummioq (2009)