PRESENTED BY SCREEN NEXT THE SEA
at Alderman Peel High,Market Lane, Wells NR23 1RB
Half Term Matinee. ANIMATED FILM.
Dir: Michael Dudok de Wit. Cast (voice): Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy, Alexi Devillers and Barbara Beretta
This beautiful animated film, jointly made by Japan’s Studio Ghibli and European backers, with a Dutch/British director, is like a zen variation on Robinson Crusoe. A man is washed up on an archetypical desert island. Repeated attempts to sail away bring him into contact with a mysterious giant turtle, out of which a surprising relationship mysteriously develops. The story operates at the level of a universal myth, free of dialogue or specifics, subtly alluding to deeper matters.
Characters are often dwarfed in lush expanses of sea, sky or forest, and there’s a delight in small details; a greek chorus of scuttling crabs, the lapping of waves on the shore. A beautiful film for all ages - “a desert island film to bask in” – Steve Rose, The Guardian.