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The Red Turtle (2016)

La tortue rouge (original title)
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A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

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Michael Dudok de Wit (story), Pascale Ferran (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Emmanuel Garijo Emmanuel Garijo ... The Father (voice)
Tom Hudson Tom Hudson ... The Son (young adult) (voice)
Baptiste Goy Baptiste Goy ... The Son (child) (voice)
Axel Devillers Axel Devillers ... The Baby (voice)
Barbara Beretta Barbara Beretta ... The Mother (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maud Brethenoux Maud Brethenoux ... Mother (voice)
Mickaël Dumoussaud Mickaël Dumoussaud ... Father (voice)
Elie Tertois Elie Tertois ... Son (voice)
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Storyline

Surrounded by the immense and furious ocean, a shipwrecked mariner battles for his life with the relentless towering waves. On the brink of demise, eventually, the man will find himself washed ashore on a deserted tropical island of sandy beaches, timid animal inhabitants, and a gracefully swaying bamboo forest. Alone, famished, yet determined to break free from this Eden-like prison, the stranded sailor summons up the strength to build a small raft, and sets off on a perilous journey in the wide open sea; however, an indistinguishable adversary prevents him from escaping. Never giving up hope, each day, the exhausted man attempts to make a new, sturdier, and more improved raft; nevertheless, the sea is vast with wonderful and mysterious creatures, and the island's only red turtle won't let the weary survivor escape that easily. Could this be the heartless enemy? Written by Nick Riganas

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One of the Best Films of the Year! A Knockout! See more »

Genres:

Animation | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements and peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La tortuga roja See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,010, 22 January 2017

Gross USA:

$921,974

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,591,789
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Dudok de Wit's directorial film debut. See more »


Crazy Credits

The Studio Ghibli logo is red instead of the traditional blue, to honor the title character. See more »

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Featured in The Oscars (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

L'au revoir
Conducted by Oleg Kondratenko
Performed by F.A.M.E.'S. Project (aka The Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Music By Laurent Perez Del Mar
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Quietly Devastating
7 July 2017 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

"The Red Turtle" is an animated film that left my entire family feeling quietly devastated without even being able to put our fingers on why.

With no dialogue, it traces the trajectory life takes for most people: starting out alone, finding someone to partner with, raising children, watching those children leave, and then saying goodbye yourself to the world. The film explores how things that can at first seem like barriers to happiness and contentment can eventually lead us to the things about life that we cherish most. It's not a film full of big, obvious emotions, but instead works a quiet and subtle spell. My eight year old was extremely attuned to the melancholy sadness of the film and spent a couple of minutes in tears afterwards. It gave us a good opportunity to talk about why the movie made him sad and to make him feel OK about having honest reactions to what are essentially the ups and downs of life.

Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Grade: A


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