The Red Turtle (2017)

The Red Turtle (2017)

An astonishing, dialogue-free animated fable featuring nature as its only protagonist

The Very Best

8.5

Movie

Belgium, France
No language
Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
2016
MICHAEL DUDOK DE WIT
Barbara Beretta, Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson
80 min

What it's about

The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.

The take

Co-produced by the legendary Studio Ghibli and directed by Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, The Red Turtle is a tale about a man shipwrecked on a desert island whose fate is changed upon meeting a giant turtle. Beautiful images are pulled together and combined with the film’s delicate symbolism about humanity and nature, in a story told with remarkable restraint. The only sound in the movie is that of nature and the film’s beautifully relaxing score. Using only simple ingredients, The Red Turtle is an enigmatic, captivating, and highly-recommended gem that, after all, encompasses life itself.

Comments

one of the best experiences I had watching a movie in a while. Without any dialogue it gave all kinds of emotions. it explores deep topics lile love, survival. death. It is much more than what seems at the surface.

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