The White Planet (La Planète blanche ) (2006)



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Filmmakers Thierry Piantanida, Thierry Ragobert, and Jean Lemire explore the unexpectedly complex ecosystem of the Arctic in a fascinating documentary that proves the vast frozen north is much, much more than simple ice and snow. From the polar bears, Arctic fox, and caribou herds that move across the blinding white surface of the land to the massive Beluga whales that navigate the icy waters below, Piantanida, Ragobert, and Lemire's film seeks not to examine one particular life form, but rather to seek better understanding of just how life continues to thrive in such an uninviting terrain by documenting all four seasons in the Artic. A breathtaking look at the aurora borealis boasts nature's beauty as few who live outside of this land may have ever experienced, and a thoughtful meditation on the ebb and flow of life there reveals a remarkable array of life-forms that could well rival the Galápagos in terms of ecological diversity. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for The White Planet (La Planète blanche )

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

A vivid tableau of a world that, as the filmmakers note in their closing sequences, is under threat.

Apr 19, 2006

A captivating docudocu profiling the some strange, some adorable -- but all endangered -- denizens of the North Pole.

Apr 19, 2006
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. . . [The White Planet] provides a long last look at the fleeting arctic world in all its gossamer glory.

Aug 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Here's a film to take your breath away and make you weep: the former because of the spellbinding, big-screen nature photography that takes us deep into the world of Arctic wildlife; the latter because of a tooth-achingly banal commentary.

Dec 7, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

While the camerawork is exceptional, taking us into places and situations we can only dream of, it is a shame the film's storytelling and choice of music is not of the same high standard.

Aug 30, 2007 | Full Review…

I watched five minutes of a documentary on The Learning Channel and was given more information about this ecosystem

Feb 6, 2007 | Rating: 48/100 | Full Review…

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