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Beautiful Islands (2010)



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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 cultures will effectively drown as any evidence of their existence is swallowed up by the rising tides. In this film, we get an intimate glimpse at each of the cultures, sharing time with the people and listening to their stories so that once the inevitable occurs, the memory of these remarkable places will live on forever.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

In short, it's pretty but dull.

Full Review… | July 23, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

An extraordinarily eloquent synthesis of imagery and urgency.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

A handsome-looking, if narratively inert, piece of propaganda filmmaking.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 2, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Breathtaking, captivating and inspirational. It's a non-preachy, vital wake-up call for all of mankind.

Full Review… | July 1, 2010
NYC Movie Guru

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