I was immersed in the movie, The Revenants. The winter mountain landscapes were impressive and reminded me of years past. I have lived in the Adirondack Mountains, The Rockies, The Sierra Madre, and the Andes. The snow in the film is remembered in Upper New York on my dad’s farm out past Rock City Falls, on Armer Road, in the Adirondack Mountain foothills, and in Northwest Wisconsin.
An interesting line: “You don’t give up. You hear me? As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe. Keep breathing.” Now for someone who has a respiratory disease, the dialog is meaningful to me. It is the same with Native American endurance, one never gives up. The culture follows through in every segment of the movie. There are other cultures also, besides the Pawnee, including the French.
The Director, “Inàrritu, fashions The Revenant into a representation of Native American literatures as a genre by first appropriating then undercutting western conventions, national mythologies and culture heroes, Indian stereotypes, and US literature to spotlight the shared history, themes, and formal invention among Indian authors.”