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Red Turtle, The (PG)

Animation, Fantasy

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

The critical consensus

Dudok de Wit and Ghibli have birthed a pan-continental marvel: a fable-cum-fantasy of a life adrift, aching with tender beauty and awed by nature’s extremes.

****(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 22/05/2017

The Red Turtle is a stunning, life-affirming animation that's worthy of the esteemed Ghibli brand.

*****Eddie Harrison, The List, 22/05/2017

The film, co-produced by Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, has a dream-like quality and an air of mystery.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 24/05/2017

This Studio Ghibli co-production with its zen-like minimalism offers a magical, meditative take on Robinson Crusoe.

****(*)Steve Rose, The Guardian, 25/05/2017

It’s a film about loneliness and the steps we take to overcome it, wrapped up in a delightfully simple story for all ages.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 25/05/2017

A languorously paced, elegantly animated fable of life’s cyclicality.

****(*)Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, 26/05/2017

Refreshingly different and highly recommended, especially if you have ever watched in awe as David Attenborough explains our wonderful world.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 26/05/2017

This wordless animated fable follows the fortunes of a shipwrecked man on an island – and it’s a masterpiece.

*****Mark Kermode, The Observer, 28/05/2017

Where and when?

Cameo, Edinburgh from Friday June 30, 2017, until Saturday July 15, 2017. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Sunday July 9, 2017, until Monday July 17, 2017. More info:

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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