The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
Country of Origin: France-Belgium-Japan 2016 80 mins. (PG)
Un Certain Regard, Special Prize 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Released by StudioCanal
'The Red Turtle' is a dialogue-free, visual treat with images that thrill and delight. A storm at sea and an unnamed man struggles in the massive waves. Castaway on a desert island his only companions are the birds, a group of crabs who move stealth-like across the sand and turtles and then the man meets a red turtle. I'll say no more.
Sublime, mesmerising, a delight with a touch of the surreal. Michael Dudok de Wit's animation feature, co-written with French film maker Pascale Ferran and produced by Japan's award winning Studio Ghibli with Takahata Isao as artistic producer, with hand drawn and computer generated animation full of detail and a hint of Belgian animator Herge's Tintin in the man's face, maps out a man's life. And you can interpret as you wish.