Academy Award-winning Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit collaborates with Studio Ghibli to make his first feature-length film, a tale about a man shipwrecked on a deserted island who struggles to find a place in his new world.
The basics for survival are abundant yet frustratingly out of reach, and danger lurks in the smallest of crevices. The man cleverly uses the forest’s resources to support his raft-making efforts, but his escape attempts are all thwarted by an enormous sea turtle who seems intent on having him stay. Enraged, he attacks the turtle. But what happens next is the beginning of a new chapter in the man’s life, one that leads him to understand companionship in new ways, and to make peace with letting nature take its course. Luxuriating in the magic of life and the cycles of nature, The Red Turtle arouses the senses, inspires wonder, and invites viewers to cast themselves in the central role. Told with a classic simplicity that belies its emotional power, this is one of the year’s finest animated experiences.
(France, Belgium, Japan / 2016 / Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit)
PG / 80 mins.