C'est un magnifique, douloureux documentaire très poétique, riche en références littéraires et mythologiques, capable de maîtriser à point le recours aux images. La voix féminine qui raconte, elle s'adresse tendrement à la Baleine, reine majestueuse des océans. Un essai majeur de philosophie de la Nature et, au bout du compte, sur la Nature de l'homme.
Evocative and despairing history/critique of whalehunting. Amazing how much information can be condensed in such a short film but not unexpected from someone like Marker and co. Impressive use of stills that cover the early phases of whalehunting. Serious contemporary dilemmas are raised (declining biodevirsity vs. tradition [e.g. Japan]). Many cheers!
Unique and powerful, a place where documentary meets art - mainly paintings and illustrations. The footage shot in colour is both unsettling and poetic - how the red blood of the massacred whales mixes with the blue sea... While the lyrical narration matches the overall tone, the voice itself is lifeless and mind-numbing (English version).
Painfully depressing documentary of the history of whale hunting mostly because of the blunt honesty behind otherwise poetic phrasing. This is a good short to use to look closer at how Marker uses the philosophies of man in a flat and direct manner to explain the "why?" "how?" and "so what?" in a single statement that is emotionally detached but makes your conscience scream. --PolarisDiB