No English-language writer has captured the essence of arctic life better than Farley Mowat, perhaps the most dynamic man of letters in Canadian history. So it augurs well that The Snow Walker is based on one of his short stories, Walk Well My Brother.
It is no coincidence that this elegant and deceptively simple new film is directed by Charles Martin Smith, an American who has adopted the Great White North as his second home. Smith, also an accomplished character actor, played the lead role in the 1983 film adaptation of Mowat's classic, Never Cry Wolf. The character, of course, was Mowat and he was only slightly exaggerated (truth really is stranger than fiction).