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La tortue rouge (2016)

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A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.


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Cast overview:
Emmanuel Garijo ...
The Father (voice)
Tom Hudson ...
The Son (young adult) (voice)
Baptiste Goy ...
The Son (child) (voice)
Axel Devillers ...
The Baby (voice)
Barbara Beretta ...
The Mother (voice)


Surrounded by the immense and furious ocean, a shipwrecked mariner battles all alone for his life with the relentless towering waves. Right on the brink of his demise, the man set adrift by the raging tempest washes ashore on a small and deserted tropical island of sandy beaches, timid animal inhabitants and a slender but graceful swaying bamboo forest. Alone, famished, yet, determined to break free from his Eden-like prison, after foraging for food and fresh water and encouraged by the dense forest, the stranded sailor builds a raft and sets off to the wide sea, however, an indistinguishable adversary prevents him from escaping. Each day, the exhausted man never giving up hope will attempt to make a new, more improved raft, but the sea is vast with wonderful and mysterious creatures and the island's only red turtle won't let the weary survivor escape that easily. Is this the heartless enemy? Written by Nick Riganas

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Grade A+! A touching animated ode to the cycle of life. A masterpiece of images! See more »


Animation | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements and peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Red Turtle  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$21,010 (USA) (20 January 2017)


$920,057 (USA) (19 May 2017)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first non-Japanese film to be produced by Studio Ghibli. See more »

Crazy Credits

The Studio Ghibli logo is red instead of the traditional blue, to honor the title character. See more »


Featured in Het verlangen van Michaël Dudok de Wit (2016) See more »


L'au revoir
Conducted by Oleg Kondratenko
Performed by F.A.M.E.'S. Project (aka The Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Music By Laurent Perez Del Mar
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Brilliant piece of art and philosophical masterpiece
9 March 2017 | by (Ukraine) – See all my reviews

Before starting watching the movie I strongly recommend to listen or even better to watch Leonard Cohen's video clip "Dance Me to the End of Love". The animated movie as well as Cohen's clip is about life, obstacles, hardness, love, children, death - about the life as is. Sometimes lonely, sometimes happy, sometimes on the edge of death.

The plot is quite simple: the main hero appears on uninhabited island and first tries to survive, then to escape and then just just to live.

It is real philosophical piece of art about which one can write thesis after thesis. A scope of issues reveled for discussions is vast: about the purpose of life, about love, about loneliness, about striving of the youth for changes, desire to live, to die, nature, animals and much much more.

I was extremely touched with the few very nice moments: - First - when the main hero being on the uninhabited island but alive suddenly falls down from the rock inside the deep cave with water from which you can not get out. I physically feel myself uncomfortable from realizing the situation - to survive but appear on the island and immediately after to face danger of being helplessly drowned in the cave - Second - when woman is touching the face of the main hero after years or months of loneliness (heroes do not talk - you can see the time only by means of his beard only). Deeply touching moment - and once again, while sitting in the cinema you almost physically feel the tenderness of this touch.

  • Third - after the main hero met woman and set a family and they gave

a birth to a child and child has grown up and it looked like "life is happy"drastic storm from the sea arrives and almost kills all of them.

And the final and the most beautiful moment, in my opinion: after their son left them and they reached old age (one can guess of it from the gray hairs om his and her) and it is obvious that soon they will die they "dance to the end of love" - again and again deeply touching and moving moment.

Very very beautiful movie - a must see piece of art for those who are fond of thought provoking movies.

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