This movie tells the tale of an indigenous girl who tries to shed her heritage and become one of the people who look down upon her own kind. It seems she succeeds, but at great cost. In the end, there is regret, not for leaving her culture behind and embracing the culture of those who persecute the Sami, but instead for breaking family ties. At the beginning, you see this nasty old woman who doesn't even want to acknowledge the death of her sister and wonder just what makes her such a bitch. Then it transports you to the past and you learn about all the things that have wounded her and turned her into the hard hearted old woman she has become. The treatment of the Sami by the other Swedes reminds me of the way we immigrants from Europe treated our own indigenous people. I felt a sense of shame when those boys called her names and notched her ear. The boarding school was reminiscent of boarding schools Native American youth were forced to attend to "make them white" where they weren't allowed to even speak their own language. I wonder if the Sami now live on reservations. Wouldn't surprise me. You do have to be in the mood to watch this. Compared to most of what comes out of Hollywood, it is slow and deliberate. If you can pay attention and let the scenes sink in, it is a rewarding experience. I thought it well acted and the cinematography was excellent. Lene Cecilia Sparrok has an incredible career ahead of her. I look forward to seeing her again. I admit I am a fan of Nordic cinema, and this little gem just whetted my appetite for more. Great movie!