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Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, the dialogue-less film recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.
Studio Ghibli’s first international co-production is a castaway fable that combines beauty, mystery, drama, and heartbreak – with not a word spoken. It begins in the middle of a storm. Grey waves and raindrops engulf the screen. In the corner, a tiny head surfaces and then sinks. The nameless man is washed up on a beach with bits of his broken boat. A crab crawls up his leg. When he goes to explore, the view pulls right back so all we see is a remote island while his cries ring out. His only company are some crabs. Several times he tries to escape with a makeshift bamboo raft, but each time a mysterious force in the water breaks up his boat. Eventually he discovers his secretive aggressor: the titular red turtle.
Place: CINEMA 6
Date: 9 April 2017