The White Planet(La Planète blanche)
A French nature documentary on the creatures that inhabit the North Pole. With unsettling facts about the melting landmass (in 30 years, the Antarctic has lost nearly two times the surface area of France), the footage has been captured on celluloid by intrepid outdoor specialists Thierry Ragobert and Thierry Piantanida.... More
The film boasts amazing set pieces such as the birth of two polar bears and their first tentative steps outside three months later. Also featured are the amazing narwhals (walruses with strange unicorn-style spears), primitive glowing entities under the ice, and armies of caribou on the march.Hide
BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
The sights are frequently amazing, from the birth of two polar bear cubs in an underground burrow, to phosphorescent jellyfish under the ice. From an army of caribou swimming in single file across a massive lake, to ghostly beluga whales gliding through the dark ocean; the photography used to capture these is quite impressive.
And the soundtrack is fascinating, too. Native Inuit music gets a Lord of the Rings makeover; it’s all very dramatic. Every new creature gets their own unique theme. It’s hard not to come out of the cinema yelping like the little Inuit child on the soundtrack: “Do-ay! Do-ay! Heioooo!”
What ultimately lets the entire film down, however, is a ridiculous narration. Possibly suffering from a direct translation from French to English, some Canadian guy proclaims such clunky statements as “Life gives way to life” or “The darkness banishes the sun.” Also, information on global warming is fairly slim and don’t really examine much. It all seems very dated, and the film doesn’t quite have the style or panache that we might expect from a documentary in 2007.
Nevertheless, The White Planet is an amazing spectacle, captured on celluloid by some intrepid filmmakers. And as with all nature documentaries, it’s hard to keep yourself from shouting ‘Run!’ to the poor lemming as the wolf approaches.
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The White Planet
Like 'blue planet' we are guided through a visually stunning environment and the creatures which inhabit it. While the film is stunning and there are some remarkable shots i was pinning for more information. Its a documentary of delights rather than facts. Still a very good watch.
This film shows the Arctic wildlife in all of its stunning glory. It has everything from the cute doe eyed seal pups to the playful polar bear pups. Although I am studying ecology some of the underwater creatures still blew me away by their absolutely weird appearance.
The environmental message is only subtly hinted at late in the film.
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