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La tortue rouge (2016)

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A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

Writers:

Michael Dudok de Wit (story), Pascale Ferran (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 32 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 all alone for his life with the relentless towering waves. Right on the brink of his demise, the man set adrift by the raging tempest washes ashore on a small and deserted tropical island of sandy beaches, timid animal inhabitants and a slender but graceful swaying bamboo forest. Alone, famished, yet, determined to break free from his Eden-like prison, after foraging for food and fresh water and encouraged by the dense forest, the stranded sailor builds a raft and sets off to the wide sea, however, an indistinguishable adversary prevents him from escaping. Each day, the exhausted man never giving up hope will attempt to make a new, more improved raft, but 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. Is this the heartless enemy? Written by Nick Riganas

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A poignant, wordless fable of luminous imagery and swirling animation. 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$920,057, 19 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$787,712, 19 March 2017
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first entirely dialogue-free French animated movie to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. See more »


Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Het verlangen van Michaël Dudok de Wit (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Flying with the Turtles
Conducted by Oleg Kondratenko
Performed by F.A.M.E.'S. Project (akaThe 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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