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Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Red Turtle (2016)

This is one of the nominees for Best Animated films this year, and it is remarkable in two ways.  First, the animation is breathtaking.  This comes out of Ghibli Studios and they continue to amaze, with details of nature, and in this one, the ocean and sea life as well as landscapes.  The second is that the movie has absolutely no words.  It is a silent film whose story is told only with images, and a sound track that the understated most of the movie.
The story is of a castaway, a man thrown up on the shore of a deserted island.  He is able to find food and once he has revived himself a bit, he builds a raft to leave the island.  It is destroyed within a few feet of shore, broken up into a thousand pieces.  He rebuilds it, it happens again, and again, and while he looks under the raft when he leaves the shore, he never sees anything.  Then a red turtle starts to pay him a visit.  The turtle plays a very significant role in the rest of the story, but I don't want to spoil it.  Suffice it to say that this year's nominees in this category are outstanding, and this is not to be missed.

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