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70 Ratings

On Top of the Whale

Het dak van de Walvis

Directed by Raúl Ruiz
Netherlands, 1982


A parody of anthropology, linguistics, and cultural imperialism. The film follows an unlikely team of linguists into the wilds of an ersatz Patagonia to study the last speakers of a dying language. That language apparently consists of a single word, which therefore means everything.

On Top of the Whale Directed by Raúl Ruiz

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