The Red Turtle



Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy, Axel Devillers & Barbara Beretta

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit

Running Time: 81 minutes

Certificate: PG - contains mild threat

Country: France / Japan

Format: 2D


"Rapturously minimalistic, eloquent, profound and moving, The Red Turtle is a masterpiece boasting a sublime simplicity that unifies its complex elements into a singular, universal voice. It is a work of art which transcends boundaries of language, culture, geography and age. It is simply magnificent"
- Mark Kermode, The Observer

"Dudok de Wit and Ghibli have birthed a pan-continental marvel: a fable-cum-fantasy of a life adrift, aching with tender beauty and awed by nature’s extremes. The resulting fable unfolds with the timeless resonance of myth"
- Kevin Harley, Total Film

"A welcome reminder of what feature animation can offer when you venture far beyond its crowded mainland, this is a lush and luminous visual symphony which celebrates nature as both a furious, deadly force and a soothing source of love"
- Dan Jolin, Empire

"Gorgeously rendered, this magical animation begins as a story of desert-island survival and evolves into something deeper. Co-produced by Studio Ghibli, the film bears the company’s holistic belief in a wider natural world with powers of its own"
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out

"Nominated for best animated feature at the Oscars this year. The Red Turtle is a dialogue-free love story, strange and sparingly supernatural. In a world of crassness this is classy stuff, subtle yet stirring"
- Ed Potton, The Times

"The film has a dream-like quality and an air of mystery. Dudok de Wit is an immensely distinguished figure who has won Oscars and BAFTAs for his short films. The Red Turtle is his first full length animation. It’s a superb piece of work, beautiful and enigmatic"
- Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent

"Children often experience the world as simultaneously solid and fantastical; Dudok De Wit’s beautiful film tugs us into that mindset. His visuals are ravishing. So is the sound design. It also has one of the best endings"
- Charlotte O’Sullivan, Evening Standard

Studio Ghibli’s first co-production, The Red Turtle is a mature, dialogue free-piece about a man getting to grips with life on a desert island.

A man is shipwrecked on a beautiful island devoid of humans and must make the most of what he has to survive. Watched on by a group of sand crabs, he attempts to escape but is thwarted by the weather and a red turtle with a vendetta. Then an unexpected visitor arrives who will alter the man’s fate for all time...

The debut feature of a true auteur, The Red Turtle is a brilliant twist on a familiar premise that packs a hefty emotional punch.


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