Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2016)

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit. 80 min. Rated PG. France/Belgium. Animation.

A mesmerizing animation, probably because it has no dialogue; you know, the stuff that distracts you from enjoying the imagery. A man is marooned on a tropical island, and all his efforts to leave the island are sabotaged by ... a giant red turtle. The simple-looking yet exquisitely detailed animation (definitely taking a few lessons from Herge's "Tin Tin" books) makes you wish this story would go on forever - even though admittedly, I wasn't sure what the film's message was. This 2016 Cannes Special Jury Prize winner will be a strong Oscar contender.

PS: Okay, Ali S., now time to look for My Life as a Zucchini ...

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