The Red Turtle (2016)

By Livia Peterson

Just leave it to the Japanese anime genius – Studio Ghibli to provide the universal stories. Michael Dudok de Wit’s “The Red Turtle” chronicles the man encountering the Red Turtle (eventually becoming the woman) on the deserted island – simple yet complex relationship is established.
 
“The Red Turtle” utters A LOT without the dialogue. The beautiful, painful, and poetic facial expressions and actions provide several metaphors, especially during the final two minutes that manifests the true meaning of life. Triumphant in terms of the anime and nuance and falls short in terms of the meandering pace. Red symbolizes love and ultimately, “The Red Turtle” is a poignant narrative relating to love and its consequences. B

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