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The Red Turtle (2016) More at IMDbPro »La tortue rouge (original title)

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The Red Turtle -- A massive sea turtle destroys a stranded man's raft every time he tries to sail away from a tropical island.
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20 January 2017 (USA) See more »
The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds. | Add synopsis »
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The Red Turtle Movie Review
 (From ShockYa. 20 October 2016, 9:28 AM, PDT)

Globally Acclaimed Films at 4th Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha
 (From Sydney's Buzz. 14 October 2016, 9:48 AM, PDT)

Rome: 'The Accountant', 'Birth Of A Nation' among line-up
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Nature Speaks; Illuminating and Powerful See more (18 total) »

Directed by
Michael Dudok de Wit 
Writing credits
Michael Dudok de Wit (story)

Pascale Ferran (screenplay) &
Michael Dudok de Wit (screenplay)

Produced by
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
Serge Hayat .... Equity Provider
Christophe Jankovic .... line producer
Vincent Maraval .... producer
Léon Perahia .... co-producer
Olivier Père .... co-producer
Valérie Schermann .... line producer
Grégoire Sorlat .... producer
Toshio Suzuki .... producer
Isao Takahata .... artistic producer
Isao Takahata .... producer
Original Music by
Laurent Perez Del Mar 
Film Editing by
Céline Kélépikis 
Production Management
Emilie Chaulet .... assistant production manager
Tanguy Olivier .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean Pierre Bouchet .... first assistant director
Bertrand Schutz .... assistant director
Art Department
Julien De Man .... background development
Julien De Man .... background supervisor
Julien De Man .... color script
Sebastien Dunon .... background painter
Alexis Liddell .... background color / color script
Emma McCann .... background painter
Sound Department
Fabien Devillers .... re-recording mixer
Florian Fabre .... foley artist
Alexandre Fleurant .... sound editor
Sébastien Marquilly .... supervising sound editor
Piste Rouge .... sound studio
Bruno Seznec .... sound studio manager
Bruno Seznec .... sound supervisor
Christine Seznec .... voice recording supervisor
Animation Department
Krisztina Bakos .... shadow animator and clean-up artist
Arnaud Bois .... compositing supervisor
Jean-Pierre Bouchet .... compositing supervisor
Marie Bouchet .... cleanup supervisor
Eric Briche .... layout supervisor
Jean-Christophe Lie .... animation supervisor
Prima Linea .... animation studio
Emma McCann .... paint supervisor
Paul Raymond Williams .... animator
Bob Wolkers .... animator
Editorial Department
Peter Bernaers .... colorist
Chiara Pontuali .... digital intermediate assistant
Rémi Sagot-Duvauroux .... assistant editor
Music Department
Benjamin Coyault .... music business affairs
Fabien Devillers .... music scoring mixer
F.A.M.E.'S. Project .... orchestra and studio contractor
Bruno Seznec .... music studio manager
Cecile Tournesac .... score editor
Other crew
Raphaële Ingberg .... business affairs manager
David Claikens .... thanks
Alex Verbaere .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"La tortue rouge" - Japan (original title)
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Rated PG for some thematic elements and peril
80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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First non-Japanese film to be produced by Studio Ghibli.See more »
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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Nature Speaks; Illuminating and Powerful, 23 October 2016
Author: raven-64-833785 from Miami

The way this illuminating and ethereal film captures the senses makes you wish to linger in each frame; approaching rain the only sound, stars and moonlight reflected in the calm sea, the comforting and rhythmic wash of waves at night, the endless shades and patterns of color and sunlight in water and emotions conveyed in just a glance.

A lone man washes up on a remote and uninhabited island shore after a shipwreck. He is resourceful, works his way out of perilous situations and manages to find fresh water, fish and breadfruit to sustain him. He builds a sturdy raft and launches it in the sea, yet a large sea turtle breaks the raft apart. The turtle seems to want him to stay on the island. In a moment of rage, the man attacks the turtle and unwittingly sets in motion something more powerful than he can imagine.

The Red Turtle is wordless, yet not soundless. Nature speaks instead, in all its wonder apart from the noise of civilization. We hear, among other things, the movement of figures in the grass, the preternatural buzz of cicadas in the trees, a storm sweeping over the forest, waves tumbling in rhythm upon the shore, curious crabs turning over objects in their claws and wind rising and falling like emotions or breath.

The tremendous power of the Red Turtle is in its exquisite artistry and the emotions it conveys. The art is surreal and realistic at the same time. Every frame is so detailed, expressive and colorful that I – a nature lover I admit – broke down in awe and wonder. That the filmmakers shared this sentiment for the natural world is clear. The light on island greenery positively glows, there is play between sun and shadows, and clouds move resplendent in the twilight like they are stars in their own show.

Human emotion is conveyed with just as much ability as that of nature. People talk without speaking. They know the feelings of others, by their manner and the look in their eyes, in an instant. Because of the film's amazing artists, the audience doesn't need to hear words to know what is going on. The artwork conveys the contents of hearts. It is a much better way to communicate really. We feel the man's remorse for wanting to harm a turtle that wanted to help him. Someone reaches out their hand and we feel the touch on our cheeks. We move our feet with the dance beneath the sea.

Above all, the Red Turtle clearly renders our deep connection to nature and to each other. It does this so well it brings tears. We witness nature in all its wonder and power. As with Native American art, the film artistry allows the audience to glimpse and understand the lives of animals.

The Red Turtle was made in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. The director maintained after the showing that Studio Ghibli placed enough trust in him that he had space and freedom to operate, yet also could turn to them for advice when needed. The director/studio partnership certainly found the right balance. North American premiere seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

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