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Western Lights (1990)

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Twelve youngsters (ages 10 to 15) from the French experimental school L'Ecole en Bateau (The Floating School) have set out on a unique educational expedition that will take them on the ... See full synopsis »

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"Western Lights" (the title in English) is a good Cousteau-style documentary
25 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary is about 12 French teenagers who sail a large sailing ship (with the help of two or three adults), following the same course Columbus followed from Spain to the Yucatan Peninsula, with stops at various Caribbean islands.

It's an excellent film with decent production values for the time. The boys clearly know how to sail and demonstrate a lot of courage and skill. There is one great scene in which a woman sings on the beach, and her dog tries to sing along with her.

This film would be excellent for families, teenagers interested in sailing, and others interested in Columbus, the Caribbean, the Canary Islands, Spain and Mexico. It is also a good film if you want to brush up on your colloquial French, although it has English subtitles for those who do not speak French.


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