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When the Whales Came (1989)

 -  Drama  -  20 October 1989 (USA)
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A pair of children befriend an accentric old man, who lives isolated on the far shore of their island home. But it turns out that the old man knows a terrible secret about the island and ... See full summary »

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A pair of children befriend an accentric old man, who lives isolated on the far shore of their island home. But it turns out that the old man knows a terrible secret about the island and the narwhales who sometimes come. Meanwhile WWI is making life hard in the village. Written by Kathy Li

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Glorious, Indeed...
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I've often thought the British TV audience is the most privileged on earth...they get programming that would make up most of our movie award season. We can take for granted a level of excellence of performance and execution that is unmatched anywhere.

When the Whales Came is a fable, certainly...but I think the message is that we need to care for the creatures of the earth, or we will be cursed for our cruelty and exploitation...The whales here are all creatures, and the curse is only lifted when humans do the right thing to protect them.

Here we have startlingly beautiful landscapes, ecstatic music, and people that are poor and struggling for survival...Indulgence in wonder at the natural world is considered eccentric and childish - until the old man and the children show the villagers the way. We might follow as well.


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