A man finds himself castaway on a deserted tropical island where he struggles to survive. Slowly he develops the skills to support himself, but when he attempts to leave on a makeshift raft, a large turtle that lives offshore thwarts his escape. This turtle will change his life.
A simple story spectacularly told, Michael Dudok de Wit’s existential and emotional animated drama is yet another impeccable entry in Studio Ghibli’s unparalleled canon. Magnificently minimalist, a film both serene and splendidly crafted—without words, dialogue, music or special effects.
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Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States