The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)

The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)

The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)
DVDRip | MKV | 720x574 | x264 @ 2006 Kbps | English AC3 2.0 @ 224 Kbps | 87 min | 1,40 Gb
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Director: Vincent Ward
Writers: Geoff Chapple (screenplay), Kely Lyons (screenplay)
Stars: Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Hamish McFarlane

A young boy in 14th century Cumbria (north of England) keeps getting visions he cannot explain. His village has so far been spared from the black death, but the villagers fear its imminent arrival. With the boy as their guide, a group set out to dig a hole to the other side of the world, so as to fulfil the visions and save the village. At the 'other side' is 20th century New Zealand !.. N.B. Flips from B+W to colour frequently.

IMDB - 21 wins

This is an extraordinary film, not to mention extraordinarily underrated. I first saw this film as a child and it has stayed with me ever since. Now I've seen it once more with adult eyes I can't help but wonder why it's not more renowned. The fact it defies standard genres has probably hampered its reputation, often getting it unfairly shelved as a sort of arty kid's flick. Undoubtedly there are elements here that will appeal to children - imagine a more sombre Terry Gilliam and you might be there - but it's much more than just that. And to describe it as merely fantasy is to ignore the power and universality of the story. Poetic and moving, The Navigator is a lost masterpiece of 80s cinema waiting to be rediscovered.
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The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)

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