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March 27, 2017
Without a single line of dialogue, this film speaks volumes. The story implores you feel and think while leaving the overall meaning open to interpretation. Wonderfully animated, well paced, and interesting and poignant.
½ March 23, 2017
Interesting premise, but the magic of the turtle's appearance is quickly dissolved by a male ego-gratifying storyline. If this were Robinson Crusoe, the red turtle would be the man's girl Friday.
½ March 19, 2017
The acclaimed Studio Ghibli returns after 2 years with a much anticipated film, "The Red Turtle", after teasing the movie's production for about as long. The story revolves around a man who is shipwrecked on an uninhabited island, only to be thwarted repeatedly by a mysterious red turtle when attempting to leave.

This is quite a different film compared to the studio's more famous works (which should be no surprise to people up-to-date on Ghibli's releases), which features no dialogue, but supplements the otherwise silent characters with indiscernible noise when calling out or yelling. This element is surprisingly effective; it allows the viewer to focus uninterrupted on the movements of the characters to interpret the silent emotions. The obvious limitation starts to take hold as the movie goes on, however, as I personally wished for some verbal confirmation in confusing or dramatic events. The visuals offer lush color to match the island environment with nothing profoundly novel for animated film but certainly nothing less than Ghibli's artistry.

The story itself is one that lingers after the credits roll. This is due in part to a deep meaning seemingly conveyed but difficult to peg, and in part due to the narrative not being your typical Western-American story. This harkens back to Ghibli's "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)", which boasted a unique art style but a skittish narrative. Appreciators of that film will enjoy this, however that same dissatisfaction plagues me here as well. The are certainly many metaphors/allusions given, including scenes of flying birds and different stages of the moon (the former being hopelessly repetitive), but the lack of dialogue puts perhaps too much burden on the audience to derive what isn't being said. And in that regard, the mystical elements of "The Red Turtle" are defended at all levels of the film.
March 19, 2017
ust like the spectacle of nature is poetic only through gestures, this movie touches you and leaves you speechless without using a single word. Therefore, no words can do justice to describe it or praise it enough. Take off your shell and watch it.
½ March 16, 2017
Una gran obra de arte!!! una poesía!
March 16, 2017
"Even though it has no talking and is very short, "The Red Turtle" is a lavishing and eloquent animated film that would certainly make you want to live in a tropical island"
Movie Review: The Red Turtle
Date Viewed: January 31 2017
Directed By Michael Dudok de Wit
Written By Michael Dudok de Wit and Pascale Ferran

"The Red Turtle" would certainly make you want to live in a tropical island. It is a beautifully animated film that's really short and has very little dialogue. It's about a nameless man who gets shipwrecked on an island where he amazingly discovers a big red turtle. You may think that it's just a dialogue-free story about a man who explores a friendship with a red turtle but "The Red Turtle" is much more than that.

After getting washed ashore on the tropical island, the nameless man tries building a raft from bamboo in an attempt to escape from the island but the raft gets destroyed by an unknown creature. He tries a few more attempts to escape but even building bigger rafts aren't enough to stop the creature which the man discovers is a red turtle. Why does the red turtle not want the man to leave the island?

One evening, the angry and frustrated man sees the red turtle on the beach so he flips it over on its back and he hits the turtle in the head with a bamboo stick. When the man is halfway through in building another raft, he starts to feel guilty about his actions against the turtle so he catches a fish and gives it to the turtle but he discovers that he has died.

Suddenly, the turtle's shell starts to split open and to the man's surprise, the turtle miraculously turns into a woman. Since they are the only two humans on the island, the man and the woman form a relationship and they have a child together. As the years go by, the man grows more adjusted to the island and his son has grown into a fine young man as he discovers more red turtles in the ocean.

I would've liked to know more about the red turtle and the whole array of red turtles that are living in the ocean but nevertheless, director and co-writer Michael Dudok de Wit has crafted a lavishing and eloquent animated film. Produced by Studio Ghibli, the same animated division that delivered Hayao Miyazaki's animated classics such as "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away", "The Red Turtle" is a quiet and moving animated film with beautiful island imagery and a rich musical score.

Even if it's not your kind of animated film, I still say you should see "The Red Turtle" even though it has no talking and is very short (80 minutes long).
½ March 15, 2017
Downright gorgeous, layered, and emotional. Don't miss this movie.
March 15, 2017
Mind boggling animation. Popping colors and a nice soundtrack. But if it gave just a little more context I would have been happier by the end.
March 15, 2017
The Red Turtle is an absolutely beautiful movie that fills its short run time with great animation and a complexity that requires some effort to understand its many meanings, but that's an effort well worth making.
March 12, 2017
Setting aside the gorgeous island visuals and emotional minimalist plot, the real beauty of The Red Turtle is the accessibility and interpretation offered by the film to each unique viewer.
March 12, 2017
Este debe ser una pelicula que deben conocer todos, quizas no fue la pelicula que gano los oscares, pero si la que tuvo más calidad, muy buena obra del estudio Gibli y las demás producciones francesas, e incluso de habla española. Veanla, se las recomiendo.
March 11, 2017
Beautiful. I could not tear my eyes away. I am so glad that I did not know much going in. It's visual language may not have the declarative power of words, but that subjectivity is a part of its magic.
March 11, 2017
I really enjoyed this movie. It had just the right amount of Studio Ghibli mysticism and analyzed what it means to make choices in a situation you didn't choose to be in.
March 10, 2017
Despite being an animated film with little to no dialogue the film requires you to suspend disbelief. I need to re-watch and figure out when reality stops and fantasy begins.
March 8, 2017
this is a classic movie..i really love to watch it..that is not necessary to every animated movies have to humor or funny..in this movie you can not find any humor but you can find a silent beautiful story line..which I like to watch more than humor and funny stuff..
March 6, 2017
Slow, thoughtful, gorgeous.
March 5, 2017
Like a lot of the Japanese animation out there, the story was too poetic/artsy for my taste. Beautiful music.
½ March 4, 2017
Mais uma magnifica pérola dos estúdios Ghibli. Belíssimo.
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