Rolling Stone - 06/01/1989
"...A spellbinder....A visionary film of rare courage and imperishable heart..."
New York Times - 06/28/1989
"...[Ward] takes every artistic risk his bizarre premise allows....The result is a dark, thrilling fantasy that places [him]...among the most innovative and authoritative young film makers..."
Film Comment - 08/01/1988
"...Vincent Ward's film scales mountains of metaphor..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/05/1989
"...A beguiling fable, surprising and original, the kind of film that is fully realized visually..."
This fantasy adventure stars Hamish McFarlane as a young 14th Century boy with acute psychic powers. During the period of the Black Death, Hamish believes that he can rescue his fellow villagers by leading them into an abandoned mine. The fugitives tunnel their way through the darkness and emerge on the other side--into a bustling New Zealand metropolis in the year 1988. The phenomenon is seen from the point of view of the "aliens," to whom every modern convenience and invention is a miracle comparable to the Resurrection. THE NAVIGATOR: A MEDIEVAL ODYSSEY creates its own logic, framing the story in the linear form of an ancient legend.
Vincent Ward's metaphoric tale of sibling relations, AIDS and modern problems in general follows the quest of a group of medieval British villagers. Desiring an explanation of a prophetic dream, the group of miners descends into the deep recesses of Cambrian hills. They emerge in modern day Wellington, New Zealand and set about on a search for that city's cathedral spire -- as seen in the dream. During their journey they encounter local dwellers and treat every commonplace modern occurrence as an obstacle of mythic proportions.