A quiet, meditative, and ultimately brilliant animated fable that marks the first collaboration between famed animation house Studio Ghibli and indie French distribution company Wild Bunch, director Michaël Dudok de Wit’s THE RED TURTLEcomes to The Frida April 7 – 13.
A seemingly simple and gripping story of survival, The Red Turtle expertly employs sound and visuals – without one word of dialogue – to weave a profoundly effective existential tale. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film earlier this year, The Red Turtle finds a sailor stranded on a deserted island, desperately building a series of rafts as he attempts to return home. As he sets out on each voyage, he is repeatedly thwarted by a giant sea turtle with a red shell. After the turtle mysteriously transforms, the sailor must consider learning to appreciate the beauty of an ordinary life lived in tune with nature’s rhythms.
Look up a synopsis for this film, and you’ll find most sites – including the film’s own distribution site – are intentionally vague. This is one of those masterworks that truly transcends its narrative, and is best experienced blind – walk in, get lost in the journey, and be prepared to walk out with some new – and perhaps renewed – perspective.
“4/4. Kids and families are all but guaranteed to return home from the theater profoundly touched.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“The Red Turtle succeeds as both a sumptuous story of humanity’s potential for unity with nature and an example of the unique human capacity for understanding through art.” – Thelma Adams, New York Observer
“Grade: A.It invites us – as in, anyone who’s ever felt stranded – to consider our little spot in the world. Lavish with stunning imagery, the experience will ripple into your dreams.” – Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly
Dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit. 2017, PG, 80 mins. Dialogue-free.