Pioner Cinema » The Red Turtle
  • Animation
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  • 2016
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  • 80 min.
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  • France, Belgium, Japan
  • director: Michael Dudok de Wit
  • cast:
  • language: No dialogue
  • restrictions: 6+

Time and time again, a shipwrecked man tries to save himself from a desert island. And time and time again, his bamboo raft is destroyed by an unidentified animal, which turns out to be a giant red turtle. Soon afterwards, it turns into a woman, with whom he will live a long life.

“The Red Turtle,” dreamed up and directed by Michael Dudok de Wit and produced by Isao Takahata, one of Ghibli’s mainstays, connects the mysticism inherent to the Japanese studio’s other works and a clear fairytale moralism, more reminiscent of the European religious tradition. One of Ghibli’s founders, director Hayao Miyazaki more than once transplanted European folktale motifs onto a Japanese base, blurring them past the point of recognizability. Now the studio’s signature style returns to Europe, losing its dialogue along the way – as though it were superfluous. This is the first feature-length work by Ghibli after Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement in 2014, when the studio’s production work was temporarily stopped.


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