Eavesdropping at the Movies 25 – The Red Turtle




Mike and I watched the film separately, he on a big screen, I on a HD stream from Amazon, and we speak of the different viewing experience, the transnational funding, the address of the film to adults; how it’s a film that doesn’t try to sell you anything but attempts to express a world-view, poetically without sound but with very expressive imagery, beautifully realised. We discuss how it’s a film that actively induces a range of interpretations, what those might be and the extent of their validity. The Red Turtle is a beautiful film, fully deserving of all the accolades it’s received but one which we also have reservations about, and we certainly give them an airing at the end whilst nonetheless  making sure the accent’s firmly placed on the film’s very considerable achievements.


The podcast can be listened to in the player above or at this link

José Arroyo and and Michael Glass of Writing About Film

Recorded on 14th December 2017.

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