The Whale

Directed by: Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit


New York Times Critic’s Pick

Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, The Whale is a remarkable true story about Luna, a young killer whale, who is orphaned off the coast of British Columbia, and adopted by the residents of Nootka Sound. Luna quickly endears himself to them by demonstrating affection and an ability to communicate, and indeed seems to thrive on human contact until the government steps in to separate them for the animal’s own protection. Full of beautiful scenery and strange twists, The Whale also raises compelling questions about the emotional lives of animals that continue to elude human understanding. (D. Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit, 2011, 85 min.)

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