aka The Red Turtle
At the request of Studio Ghibli, Dutch director Michaël Dudok de Wit takes on the beautifully told fantasy La Tortue rouge.
Void of any dialogue, the film follows a man who's washed-up on a desert island that constantly tries to make his escape only to be mysteriously pulled back in, leading him to a life he never thought possible.
It's told with the type of logic that can only be found in myths and fables but is keen on teaching us lessons about our own hearts and actions. Not overly concerned with facial expressions, the animation is more about the landscapes and expressive actions of the characters, thereby dwarfing the isolated protagonists against the vastness of the ocean that surrounds them. There's nothing in this fairytale that will bother the children but the themes explored are purely adult.
4 more rafts out of 5