The Lighthouse of the Whales (El faro de las orcas) Reviews

  • Sep 11, 2019

    For the cinematography alone this is a worthwhile film. Beautiful!

    For the cinematography alone this is a worthwhile film. Beautiful!

  • Aug 18, 2019

    The mother is not very attentive. I would call Child Protective Services.

    The mother is not very attentive. I would call Child Protective Services.

  • Dec 30, 2018

    Like a very big truño.

    Like a very big truño.

  • Oct 14, 2018

    A poem in film form, from beginning to end. Don't miss it if you have a heart.

    A poem in film form, from beginning to end. Don't miss it if you have a heart.

  • Jul 12, 2018

    Excelentes paisajes de la patgonia Argentina 6/10

    Excelentes paisajes de la patgonia Argentina 6/10

  • Jan 11, 2018

    A truly stunning film. Inspirational. Powerful. A celebration of the magic in nature. Thank you Pascal and all the musicians for such beautiful music. Thank you to Gerardo, Jose Maria, Lucia, Sallua, Joaquin, Joaquin, Maribel, all the actors and the behind the scene team. A beautiful film which brought a tear to my eye :-)

    A truly stunning film. Inspirational. Powerful. A celebration of the magic in nature. Thank you Pascal and all the musicians for such beautiful music. Thank you to Gerardo, Jose Maria, Lucia, Sallua, Joaquin, Joaquin, Maribel, all the actors and the behind the scene team. A beautiful film which brought a tear to my eye :-)

  • Jul 30, 2017

    An unusual friendship and rare benefit out of it. I did not dig for detail to decide to watch this film. Just by reading the title I have come to know I should see this. But later I learnt that it was from the director of 'Brothers of the Wind' I review a year ago. They say it was the third film in the 'man and wild animal relationship' trilogy, but I've seen only this and the one I mentioned in the previous line. The other one, the first one is 'Among Wolves' that's surely I going to check it out as soon as possible. The story revolves around a park ranger, Beto, from the remote place in the south of the Argentina. He has a special relationship with the Orcas that strays on the edge of the coast nearby a lighthouse. People come to pay to see them, but on one occasion a mother and her autistic son from Spain visit him. Initially he refused to help her, but later he changes his mind with a purpose in his mind. So the days go on and what follows after that are some unexpected development which leads to the film's conclusion. Adapted to the screen from the novel by Roberto 'Beto' Bubas that he inspired to write by his real life event. Though initially I mean in the very first scene I thought it was so cruel. Not anybody wants to see that kind of opening. Especially not the kids or the families. If you are an animal lover, you would feel like that way as well. But very soon you will come to understand it is the way of nature and we're just a witness. Just like you watch Nat Geo and Animal Planet. Apart from that hurtful fact, the film was really good. ?They (orcas) are my family in the sea. And I'm their friend on the coast.? The characters were awesome. It was a limited cast, that's because most of the film takes place in the isolated location with three main characters. Very slow narration, particularly you won't get much progression in the first half. Kind of feels like a documentary film, that focused on a national park ranger's life. But in the last half an hour everything changes. An unpredictable event comes into play to steer the narration swiftly towards the tale's climax. At some point I thought it was another film in the 'Free Willy' series. If you had seen that trilogy + one (tetralogy) and when you see this, you would think only that way. Not just because of the man and orca relationship, but the way they presented on the screen was like directly borrowed from there. But most importantly, it was based on the real which surely erase that kind of thinking from the viewers. It was just like any other film that portrays an autistic character. But at the beginning, it did not pay any attention to that role. The perspective of the tale was from the Beto, so he led to shaping the entire narrative, until the last moment. That's when the boy took over to bring most required reorder in the story you had seen so far to something new. They all well acted, with the beautiful locations in the front and the background. It was not a masterpiece, but definitely it is among its kind. The direction must be praised. I really like him. He is like a travel filmmaker. Yesterday he made a European film, today a South American and tomorrow it could be an African or Asian. What I most impressed was, his films are not aimed at commercial benefits. But very artistic, and mostly factual like a documentary film with a light stroke of fantasy to add a better storyline to attract little folks. His target audience are children and the families, and obviously the animal lovers. So if you know him, his works, then you must not miss this flick. One of the satisfying films, despite not a flawless film. 7/10

    An unusual friendship and rare benefit out of it. I did not dig for detail to decide to watch this film. Just by reading the title I have come to know I should see this. But later I learnt that it was from the director of 'Brothers of the Wind' I review a year ago. They say it was the third film in the 'man and wild animal relationship' trilogy, but I've seen only this and the one I mentioned in the previous line. The other one, the first one is 'Among Wolves' that's surely I going to check it out as soon as possible. The story revolves around a park ranger, Beto, from the remote place in the south of the Argentina. He has a special relationship with the Orcas that strays on the edge of the coast nearby a lighthouse. People come to pay to see them, but on one occasion a mother and her autistic son from Spain visit him. Initially he refused to help her, but later he changes his mind with a purpose in his mind. So the days go on and what follows after that are some unexpected development which leads to the film's conclusion. Adapted to the screen from the novel by Roberto 'Beto' Bubas that he inspired to write by his real life event. Though initially I mean in the very first scene I thought it was so cruel. Not anybody wants to see that kind of opening. Especially not the kids or the families. If you are an animal lover, you would feel like that way as well. But very soon you will come to understand it is the way of nature and we're just a witness. Just like you watch Nat Geo and Animal Planet. Apart from that hurtful fact, the film was really good. ?They (orcas) are my family in the sea. And I'm their friend on the coast.? The characters were awesome. It was a limited cast, that's because most of the film takes place in the isolated location with three main characters. Very slow narration, particularly you won't get much progression in the first half. Kind of feels like a documentary film, that focused on a national park ranger's life. But in the last half an hour everything changes. An unpredictable event comes into play to steer the narration swiftly towards the tale's climax. At some point I thought it was another film in the 'Free Willy' series. If you had seen that trilogy + one (tetralogy) and when you see this, you would think only that way. Not just because of the man and orca relationship, but the way they presented on the screen was like directly borrowed from there. But most importantly, it was based on the real which surely erase that kind of thinking from the viewers. It was just like any other film that portrays an autistic character. But at the beginning, it did not pay any attention to that role. The perspective of the tale was from the Beto, so he led to shaping the entire narrative, until the last moment. That's when the boy took over to bring most required reorder in the story you had seen so far to something new. They all well acted, with the beautiful locations in the front and the background. It was not a masterpiece, but definitely it is among its kind. The direction must be praised. I really like him. He is like a travel filmmaker. Yesterday he made a European film, today a South American and tomorrow it could be an African or Asian. What I most impressed was, his films are not aimed at commercial benefits. But very artistic, and mostly factual like a documentary film with a light stroke of fantasy to add a better storyline to attract little folks. His target audience are children and the families, and obviously the animal lovers. So if you know him, his works, then you must not miss this flick. One of the satisfying films, despite not a flawless film. 7/10

  • Jun 22, 2017

    Visually stunning film based on the true story of an autistic boy who breaks through because of his love for orca. There were a few very nice moments when the Spaniard and the Argentines expressed some cultural and lingual differences. This will interest anyone who loves marine mammals, Argentina, lighthouses, has an interest in autism and likes Spanish actors.

    Visually stunning film based on the true story of an autistic boy who breaks through because of his love for orca. There were a few very nice moments when the Spaniard and the Argentines expressed some cultural and lingual differences. This will interest anyone who loves marine mammals, Argentina, lighthouses, has an interest in autism and likes Spanish actors.

  • Apr 23, 2017

    Amazing story and the cinematography is absolutely stunning. A movie that will stay with you for a while and it will not be easy to shake off. You must see it!

    Amazing story and the cinematography is absolutely stunning. A movie that will stay with you for a while and it will not be easy to shake off. You must see it!

  • Apr 09, 2017

    Amazing movie, based on a real story. It is set in Patagonia, where a woman travels to from Spain with her autistic son in hopes the ranger who works with orcas can help her son. It is not playing in any theatres that I know of, but can be seen on Netflix and maybe others like it. Everything about this movie is wonderful - the story, the scenery, the photography, even the beginning of the romantic interest between the two main characters. The story is about the connection between autistic children and animals.

    Amazing movie, based on a real story. It is set in Patagonia, where a woman travels to from Spain with her autistic son in hopes the ranger who works with orcas can help her son. It is not playing in any theatres that I know of, but can be seen on Netflix and maybe others like it. Everything about this movie is wonderful - the story, the scenery, the photography, even the beginning of the romantic interest between the two main characters. The story is about the connection between autistic children and animals.