The Red Turtle


Review: A man finds himself shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a giant turtle with a red shell, which changes his life.
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
Actors: Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson and Baptiste Goy
Year: 2016
Genre: Animation, Art House, Fantasy and International
Conclusion: 5/5
The original title for this film is La Tortue Rouge. This is a French, Belgium and Japanese co-production animation film although this is the first non-Japanese film to be produced by Studio Ghibli. It is a film played out all the way through with just music. There are no words spoken so you could say that this is more like a silent film more than anything. It is a very beautiful well made film full of lots of colour. The music that they used in this worked really well and went with the film scene by scene. This did remind me of Song of the Sea, 2014. One thing I liked about it was that it wasn’t even an hour and a half. It was just the right length for a film. At times it was very compassionate and very funny. It also had a very affectionate side to it. The themes that occur in this is meditation upon existence, loneliness, companionship, birth, death and also re-birth. For me this film hit all the right notes. At the Cannes Film Festival Michael Dudok de Wit won an award for the Special Jury Prize. 


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