La tortue rouge (2016) - SHOWTIMES

La tortue rouge (2016) - SHOWTIMES (2016)

The Red Turtle

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80 Minute

Movie Plot

The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.

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Elmer Stevenson, ( 2017-02-05 )

A long short. Simple, beautiful, worthy of the Studio Ghibli stamp.

The movie is visually stunning and conceptually intriguing. Animator Michael Dudok de Wit has had the improbable chance to make his feature-length debut in partnership with studio Ghibli, and with full artistic autonomy. The result is one hour and a half of purely visual narrative. A bold choice but with no doubt one that works out beautifully. The result is simple, fresh and beautiful, and definitely worthy of the Studio Ghibli stamp. However, leaving the theater, I had the peculiar impression of having watched the world's longest short. It's an observation that's neither positive nor negative, at least I've been unable to define whether this is an accomplishment or a weakness. That is to say : the film might come off as a bit light, but at the same time, its single-topic approach is elegant and truly enjoyable to watch, and beautifully poetic in its way of finding big stories in the simplest of things. Anyway, a debut that makes us very curious where Mchaël Dudok de Wit will take us in his future work.

Sherry Peterson ( 2017-02-28 )

As close to pure cinema as they come

As far as I know this is the first time the illustrious Studio Ghibli has cooperated with a director outside Japan. Still they gave it their trade mark detailed approach to the depiction of nature, and since the whole story is about nature, and about human beings as a part of nature - it counts. What we get is a fable/fairy tale, about a survivor-castaway getting to a deserted island with no human or other land in sight. And the surprising story of his life following that event. I don't do spoilers, and almost anything I could add would be a spoiler. So I'll limit myself to one more remark - the absence of dialogue works for this movie and in a way make this fantastic story more real. Words seem unnecessary as the story develops. Though it's animation, it's not exactly made for children, but it could work very well for children viewing it. The auditorium in the Jerusalem Film Festival was packed with children and I didn't hear a single complaint.

Tyler Parsons ( 2017-01-12 )

A beautiful film about a man's relationship with his environment

A man awakens adrift in the middle of the ocean. He is able to swim to a nearby remote island which is only inhabited by crabs, birds and a mysterious red turtle. This is the premise to the Michaël Dudok de Wit's first feature length film, a collaboration between French production studio The Wild Bunch and Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli. The result of this collaboration is a visually stunning and emotionally complex film. ..

Marshall Garza ( 2017-01-27 )

Dramatic and charming

Seen at the 2016 London Film Festival, 'The Red Turtle' is an animation that opens with a shot of a man. We do not know who he is, or how he came to be where he is: all that matters is he is in danger of drowning, being as he is adrift in storm-toss'd ocean waters. For the viewers, the man's life begins at that moment, for once he washes up on a deserted island it becomes apparent he will not be leaving it any time soon. Not for the want of trying, mind you: he builds more than one raft as he attempts to escape. But each raft is destroyed by a large red turtle. Eventually the infuriated man takes his revenge against the turtle, which is when things get really weird... ..

Lindsay Buchanan ( 2017-03-13 )

Nature Speaks; Illuminating and Powerful

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. ..

Matt Bridges ( 2017-02-27 )

The true magic of reality

Gorgeous colors and graceful poetic images mark The Red Turtle (La Tortue rouge), a wordless 80-minute animated film co-produced by the Japanese Studio Ghibli and Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit. Made in France, the dialogue-free film was produced by Takahata Isao and co-written by French director Pascale Ferran whose 2014 film Bird People depicted a loving connection between man and nature. De Wit was recruited by famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki after he saw his 2000 Oscar-winning short Father and Daughter, a charcoal-drawn, also wordless film, about loss. ..

Stephen Fitzgerald ( 2017-02-19 )

Not their best work.

The film has nothing to it. By the end of the film I did not learn anything, I was not attached to the story. it was way too simple to be a film, there is no deeper meaning no stunning animations, boring colors. it can be as a short film but will still give it 1/10. there is no plot, no meaning, they have not added anything new to the story, its awful. I don't recommend watching it, I don't mind there is no conversations in the movie there are so many movies that worked fine without it, but not this film. there are main and important quotations left unanswered, and when something kinda interesting happened they cut it off.

Lynn Turner ( 2017-02-18 )

A masterclass in animation storytelling

I'm a big fan of survival films. In particular, J.C. Chandor's All Is Lost is my favorite film of the decade so far and it's with high praise that I say that The Red Turtle reminded me so much of it. The animation is simple, but it's perfect for this type of story. It's an amazingly written film. It understands the power of visual storytelling and it never loses our gaze. The music score is also perfectly integrated, composed and mixed with a real care for the quieter moments and it never overdoes anything (something that many dialogue-less films do). Animation or no animation, you become deeply invested in these characters. I can't recommend this film enough. I highly recommend it.

Marshall Garza ( 2017-04-04 )

Man always needs a purpose.

Since the Hollywood upgraded to the 3D animation, the rest of the world took over and given some incredible films in the last one and half decades. The Japanese animes are undoubtedly the best, but the European animation, particularly the 2D animation started to boom in the recent times with special mention goes to Tomm Moore. So basically I might miss some Hollywood animations, right now, but I'm very watchful over this kind of films. That's how I watched it, but anyway I would have seen it. ..

Marcos Barker ( 2017-04-15 )

The mystery of life; or hopefully a cartoon that is not going to be another overlooked piece of fine art.

In today's renewed era of an exploitation boom, it is quite a comforting surprise to give out monetary support for gems like this one. I did not give this title 10 stars because it is perfect. This animation does not have such an ambition. I gave it the highest possible score because it dares to be traditional and refreshing at the same time. It has the courage to aim for accomplishment instead of profit. .. is a cinema website serving you dear visitors 7/24 to give information about all movies, now playing movies, show location of nearest theaters and sessions, trailers of upcoming movies and information about actors and actresses, their biographies, videos and photographs. is the only interactive website where visitors can interact with each other using Facebook, Twitter and Google. is a global website using highly advanced web technologies and is served in 7 different languages apart from English and can give the visitors same service from the countries where these languages are spoken. Cinematheater is differented from his rivals by giving you an archive of 500.000 movies and is one of the websites where you can instantly find information about now playing movies in theaters.

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