North & South - - Photo Essay -

An­i­mated fan­tasy/ drama ( PG)

Stu­dio Ghi­bli’s first in­ter­na­tional co-pro­duc­tion is a mes­meris­ing im­mer­sion in a world with­out words, brought to life by the tex­tured brush strokes of Dutch mas­ter an­i­ma­tor Michaël Du­dok de Wit. The Red Tur­tle won an Academy Award nom­i­na­tion for best an­i­mated fea­ture, and Du­dok de Wit’s dis­tinc­tive style, in­spired by Chi­nese and Ja­panese art, is the per­fect fit for the whimsy and won­der Stu­dio Ghi­bli has made its own in classics like My Neigh­bor To­toro and Spir­ited Away. Here, a ship­wrecked man is ma­rooned on a desert is­land, where he encounters a mys­te­ri­ous red tur­tle. It’s a lu­mi­nous and lyri­cal fa­ble that, with­out a sin­gle line of di­a­logue, says more than most of the tales full of sound and fury that dom­i­nate film to­day. JOANNA WANE

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