Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America | Chicago Reader

Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America

In the year 1007, a Viking expedition from Greenland to North America leaves two men stranded on the strange continent with nothing to do but hone their survival skills and explore the Canadian wilderness. Eventually they get separated, and one of them falls under the spiritual influence of a Christian monk while the other is drugged, captured, and raped by a Native American maiden. Written and directed by Tony Stone, this slow-moving exercise in pop anthropology (2007) is most memorable for its incongruous but weirdly effective sound track of New Agey electronic music and ass-kicking heavy metal; the latter is prominently featured when the Vikings set fire to the monk's rustic little chapel, and the combination can't help but evoke the black-metal church burnings that plagued Norway in the 1990s. In Greenlandic and Old Norse with subtitles. 107 min.

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