The Red Turtle
The film follows the 2017 Annual Report at 7.30pm – all welcome to attend
Animated adventure and debut feature from co-writer and director Michael Dudok de Wit. Caught in a powerful storm, a man is thrown from his vessel and left shipwrecked on a deserted island. Realizing he is alone, he decides to gather supplies and take his chances back out at sea. Using bamboo from the nearby forest, he begins building a raft before setting off into the ocean. However, when a number of his escape attempts are thwarted by a giant red turtle, he admits defeat and is forced to return to the shore. With no choice but to accept his fate, the man is left shocked when a mysterious red haired woman suddenly appears on the beach. After spending time getting to know each other, the pair begin a relationship and decide to start a family together in their peaceful island paradise.
The Red Turtle, directed by Michael Dudoc de Wit is the first non-Japanese film made by the Studio Ghibli film studio. Studio Ghibli is possibly the world’s most revered animation house founded by Hayao Miyazaki .The studio is respected the world over for its lush animation, attention to detail, and the way its movies can soak its audiences in a mood without any effort at all – a trait many find lacking in most American cartoons. Ghibli’s stories take viewers of all ages seriously, never let commercial concerns get in the way of imagination, and more often than not incorporate female characters in a way that puts the rest of the film industry to shame, animated or live action.
Though there isn’t a single word of dialogue in the film’s 80-minute running time, the big questions it asks, about ambition, acceptance and the beauty of companionship, ring loud in every heart-melting frame.
A poignant, wordless tale of a man shipwrecked on a desert island, it boasts a sublime simplicity that unifies its complex elements into a singular, universal voice. Eloquent, profound and moving, it left me with a heart full of bittersweet joy, a head dizzy with dreamy visions and cheeks wet from tears that rolled like waves on a distant beach.
This is a quiet little masterpiece of images, each one rich with meaning that collectively speak to a universal process.
This is, quite simply, thoughtful and ultimately moving animation at its best.
Critics 86% Audience 76%
Critics positive review 94% Audience liked it 80%
Stockbridge Audience: 72%
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