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Beautiful Islands (2009)

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20

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Shot over the course of three years, director Tomoko Kana's Beautiful Islands introduces viewers to everyday people from three islands that are slowly sinking into the oceans, and speaks with the subjects at length about how that change will affect the lives of future generations. Tuvalu; Venice, Italy; and Shismaref, Alaska -- three islands with little in common save for the fact that, thanks to rising sea levels, they'll all likely be under water in 100 years. When that finally happens, entire

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In short, it's pretty but dull.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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At a time when most advocacy documentaries aim for righteous fury, Tomoko Kana's Beautiful Islands is so gentle that it's practically radical by comparison.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A handsome-looking, if narratively inert, piece of propaganda filmmaking.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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An extraordinarily eloquent synthesis of imagery and urgency.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Energized by neither music nor narration, and without the essential urgency of facts and figures, the result is a series of finely polished but relentlessly dull snapshots lapped by rising tides and melting permafrost.

July 2, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Breathtaking, captivating and inspirational. It's a non-preachy, vital wake-up call for all of mankind.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Beautiful Islands teases us with delightful Weerasethakul-esque territory only to abruptly replace that promise of wonder with predictable, sterile documentary filmmaking.

June 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A heartbreaking expose' which leaves no doubt that dramatic environmental changes are unfolding at every latitude, whether they be the consequences of human overconsumption of fossil fuels or merely the hand of God.

June 29, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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