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If you're squeamish about whale blood or beheaded puffins, you might want to close your eyes occasionally.
An enveloping look at a community whose centuries-old way of life may be ending.
The Islands and the Whales is a very involving and thought-provoking small window into remote islands that embody crucial issues that affect the world as a whole.
For all the majesty of the landscapes, a fuller view of the population wouldn't have gone amiss: there's a shortage of background information. Yet the individuals we meet - and their resistance to change - are keenly observed.
By shining a light on this remote community, Day has managed to inadvertently provide an all too real example of what life could be like for most of us if nothing is done to curb the threat of toxic levels in our oceans.
[A] fascinating exploration of life on the Faroe Islands at a time when environmental concerns, health risks and animal rights activism are conspiring to threaten a way of life sustained largely by hunting pilot whales and seabirds for food.
Day is...an acute ethnographer who peers through the cocooning mists to see both sides of an emotive argument.
Mike Day intercuts the angst with serene, swooping landscapes and tales of the huldufolk, mythical people who appear from nowhere to give helpful advice... a strange, melancholic documentary.
A film that paints an uncompromisingly complex, contradictory picture of ancient traditions struggling for survival amid the dangers of the modern world, without ever jumping to hasty judgement.
In its depiction of the islanders lowering themselves down cliffs to capture birds or going about their everyday lives, even as the world changes dramatically around them, the film has a similar feel to Michael Powell's The Edge Of The World.
[A] sombre, poignant, almost funereal film...
Beautifully photographed and perfectly edited, The Islands and the Whales is a powerful, if challenging, documentary that needs to be seen.
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