THE RED TURTLE
Animation/Fantasy – 2016 – Japan/France/Belgium – 80 Minutes – Sony Pictures Classics – PG
Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli explores a new creative direction after the retirement of its founder Hayao Miyazaki with this realistically drawn feature created in partnership with Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit. This tale of a shipwrecked man who establishes a family and a new life on an island inhabited only by majestic animal life is told without dialogue.
Directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit
This is a quiet little masterpiece of images, each one rich with meaning, that collectively speak to a universal process. – indieWIRE
Michael Dudok de Wit’s hypnotizing, entirely dialogue-free The Red Turtle is a fable so simple, so pure, it feels as if it has existed for hundreds of years, like a brilliant shard of sea glass rendered smooth and elegant through generations of retelling. – Variety
The Red Turtle is an exquisite piece of art, a breathless celebration of nature, and an achingly beautiful story of survival against all odds that feels like a fairy tale in its delivery. In other words, it is essential viewing. – Nerdist