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A Whale of a Tale

A Whale of a Tale is a movie starring Jay Alabaster, Atsushi Nakahira, and Rick Oliver. The camera delves into the lives of local whalers, global activists and an American journalist in the "whale and dolphin killing town" of Taiji,...

Other Titles
おクジラさま ふたつの正義の物語
Running Time
1 hours 37 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Megumi Sasaki
Actors
Rick Oliver, Jay Alabaster, Atsushi Nakahira, Atsuko Sakuma
Country
USA, Japan
Year
2016
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

The camera delves into the lives of local whalers, global activists and an American journalist in the "whale and dolphin killing town" of Taiji, Japan, revealing not everything is as black and white as it seems.

Comments about documentary «A Whale of a Tale» (23)

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Hannah Delgado

It's a shame that such a powerful subject (not to mention good movie) is overlooked by all who didn't know who to think of first. I was certainly not surprised at the ending and, while it was definitely sad to see the end, I just think we should remember that films are just entertainment. If the filmmaker intends for us to take the film seriously, then they have failed miserably. The fact that a director could take a film about whales and humans and make it into something so troubling (and actually disturbing) to think about, is truly sad. I can't understand how someone like Joseph Kahn could take a movie about whales and turn it into a horror movie. It's very disturbing and disturbing to think that anyone would even think it's a good idea to swim with these animals and eat their parts. I'm not saying that I agree with killing the whales (which is what Kahn did), but it's so hard to believe that someone could make such a movie, when it's clear to me that the people involved in the making of it were so disturbed by what they were seeing, that they had no choice but to do it. I think it's sad that the film has been overlooked by the mainstream media (it's not on the IMDB top 250), and why people like Kahn and Sea Shepherd don't have more exposure is just sad. As I said, I have never been a fan of Kahn or Sea Shepherd, but I am very glad to see them being discussed more than they were by the media. It's a shame that it's not more mainstream. I hope the mainstream media will start paying more attention to documentaries and people should start liking documentaries more.

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Kathleen T.

The characters are quirky, the dialog is witty and the narration is rich. Some of the small vignettes are engaging and humorous. It is important to note that this film is about something that most Americans, if asked, would be more likely to hate. The film captures the 'wilderness' of the Amazon River in Brazil, in Brazil. The author and cameraman knew how to record the action on camera. The characters are strong, the dialogue is quick and dry, and the story is compelling. The movie does not rely on shocks or shock tactics to bring you to tears. It makes the viewer think and question things. The acting is superb. The cinematography is excellent. The special effects are impressive. The production values are appropriate and have a professional feel. The story is gripping, and the twists are unexpected. There are many strong, memorable moments in this movie. The action is not slow. It is fast, there is no in between. The movie is riveting and the pacing is accurate. The characters are unpredictable, as is the storyline. This is an engaging, creative, entertaining, and original film. Recommended.

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Danielle Martin

This is one of those rare films that is almost unmissable. It may not be very easy to view, but if you are patient and at least somewhat intellectually prepared, it is worth watching. As you might expect, the footage is not beautiful, but it is not ugly either, and in that respect it is a movie. It is interesting, insightful, and very moving. The film begins with a clip of a dolphin taking part in a show in a tropical beach near where I live. It is very, very cute and moving. It was narrated by a very smart, young, female dolphin trainer named Maddy (played by Scarlett Johansson). The clip is then followed by a series of pictures and scenes. We get to see animals in various stages of caretaking, training, development, and enjoyment, in the hopes of them making it to the show, and in one case, to reach maturity. We also get to hear the voices of other species, like dolphins and whales. The footage that follows is mostly of dolphins and whales, but it is not at all boring. It is also very informative. At the end of the film, we are given a list of species and their current status, along with their preferences. We are also informed of the types of people who are interested in these animals. We hear that most people are not too interested in these animals, but they are still important to them. There are species that are endangered, and we see an episode of a documentary that shows how people are being killed and eaten by these animals, while still trying to save them. The film has the feel of a documentary and is narrated in a very smart way. Some of the information about the animals is surprising. One of the animals showed in the film is an American bottlenose dolphin that was born in captivity. We get to hear about how it was bred, and what went wrong with it. We learn how it was brought up by humans, and how it was being trained to be the most caring, loving animal that it could be. This film gives us a picture of what it takes to train animals. I do not know if it will be the last time I watch it, but I will most likely recommend it to anyone who has a desire to learn more about the animal that we all share the planet with. One of the most moving parts of the film is the way it relates to a mother dolphin that had been separated from her pod, and we see how the mother deals with this. The mother shows the best qualities of a mother, and demonstrates to us that there are many of us. We see a lot of these mother dolphins with their young, and we see them having their share of dramas. We see that some of them are becoming more independent, and we see how one of them has become too fond of humans. The final

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Frances

The under-rated and under-appreciated Canadian docu-drama "The Fog" (1997) is about a family whose family has been left with a child. The family's three members are friendly, but the father (Carl Gottlieb) seems to be very distant, sometimes even unsupportive. The mother (Sandra Abbott) wants to move out, but she is being threatened by the father. At the same time, the father is trying to make friends with his foster daughter (Catherine Sieradzka). The father meets his daughter, but she does not want to be friends with her foster father. The father continues to neglect his daughter. Then he leaves a few days later and never returns. He calls the girl several times and her foster father keeps trying to reconnect with her. Soon the girl (Sandra Abbott) begins to feel isolated, as the father appears to have been disengaged from her. She begins to worry about what her foster father is doing. Soon the father, who is at the foster home, sends his son to her foster mother's house. The father seems to be a more distant person than the mother. The father refuses to see his daughter and does not want her to become friends with her foster mother. She is trying to repair some kind of relationship. There are several more layers to this story that we do not see in the film. It is a very dark story and I found the ending quite shocking. The ending is quite disturbing and sad.

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Katherine Hall

I had the pleasure of attending a screening of this movie. I have watched the majority of the documentaries that are released every year. Some are good, some are bad. This documentary is just plain good. It has a tremendous amount of information, and is easy to watch. The narration is also great. I don't see what people complain about, a narrator speaking over an interview. I will say, that there is not really much info given about the deaths of the original two humpback whales in this documentary. There is just some quotes and a few pictures from the films. But it was well worth watching. I would highly recommend this documentary to anyone who loves documentaries. I hope to see more documentaries released from this group of filmmakers. This one was a great addition to their collection. A great addition to the whale documentaries of the future.

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Julie Coleman

Everyone has their own ideas about what this film should have been like, or should not have been. As far as I'm concerned, I never wanted it to be about "Whale" vs. "Whale", because, frankly, that would have been lame. I think what makes this film interesting is the way in which it covers the various different aspects of his life. You see him as a man who loves, respects, and understands his family, and you see his days as a young man who wants to love and be loved, and to respect and respect. You see the ways in which he has dealt with the incidents and setbacks that have caused him to leave the ocean and to become a public figure. You see how he handled himself in difficult situations, how he kept himself focused and motivated. You see his interest in art and his development of it, as well as his interest in photography. You see his fascination with animals, and his interest in marine biology. There are many such details, but I would point to one of the most interesting ones in this documentary as the one that makes it most real to me. I remember a little boy being picked on because he was wearing an elephant t-shirt, and he didn't want to put it on. And I thought: wow, it's like he was really being teased because he was really getting picked on because he was different. So I think that's what I got from this film. You see a young man coming to terms with and to appreciate the fact that the difference between him and other children who have the same situation - he's been picked on because he's different, and his interest in art, his interest in photography, his interest in animals, etc. - is more than a difference in the environment, or a difference in the shape of his head. It's a difference in him, and it's a difference in how he treats others. That's real life, and it's one of the reasons why I like this film.

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Alice

This movie can't get any better, really. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this movie. The only thing it could have done is be even more touching. But, it is not. The story is that of a beautiful teenager from Afghanistan who is doing well in school, and there is a part of her in the world that no one really knows, that could be the first contact between people. The movie starts with the young girl in Afghanistan, being pulled out of school by the Taliban. At the end, the movie shows her at college and her efforts to fit in and make friends. There is a lot of happiness and happiness in the movie. But it is not really a happy story, it is more of a tragic one. You never want this to end, but you can't help but feel the pain in your heart when you see the faces of the people the girl left behind. It is a real trip to see how these people are affected by war and how they are dealing with their family. It is an honest and real story and it is difficult to watch. The director captures the sadness and joy of this country and shows the emotional effect this war has had on the people and the country. I had to keep my eye on my friends during the movie because I wanted them to know what I was seeing. And you can feel it yourself, watching the movie. I don't think it is possible to tell a better story about Afghanistan. It is a beautiful country, a beautiful country to live in, and it is the country that has many stories to tell, but one of the most important of them is the one of the people who are actually in the country. They can talk about their country, and it is very honest and real. Overall, this is a must see movie.

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Christina

This documentary is a tribute to those who have given their lives and honor to their country. It shows the pain and humiliation that those who fight in wars have to go through. They are not the "bad guys" in the film. They are victims. Many of the Vietnam veterans were forced to go through so much because of their country and because of their families. This documentary will always be a reminder of the sacrifice those who fight overseas have to go through. The story is told through the voices of the men who gave their lives and gave their honor to their country. The stories of the young men who lost their lives and the soldiers who gave their lives during the war will remain with the people of Vietnam forever.

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Hannah B.

The whole film feels like it's in slow motion, and I must say that is one of the biggest complaints I've heard about it. I've been saying for months that this is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen and now I finally have proof of that. This is one of those documentaries that reminds you of the quality of documentaries we watch in our society today. The actors who appeared in the film were all exceptional. Even the crew and the documentary director couldn't have been better. I thought the cinematography was stunning. The location that they chose was very spot on. The timing was great, and the pacing of the film was perfect. This film is a must see for anyone, even if you don't like science documentaries. The quality and caliber of the documentary is just that good, and the parts that we don't see are still mesmerizing. I highly recommend this film to anyone, and I hope it will get many awards, because this is one of the best documentaries out there.

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Lisa G.

I've been following the TIGER story for quite some time and the excitement is still building. This documentary is a must see for anyone interested in a work of art. It is a complete story of a great story, unedited, unprofessionalized, and unorganized. What a great job. The first half hour is a tour de force of documentary style footage of one of the largest non-profit organizations in the country, The Alabama Coastal Guardians, of saving lives of people on a daily basis. The film starts with this image, the life of a Florida Coastal Guard rescue, the video interview with the person who put up the money for this film, and a narration about the history of the organization. And yet, the first half hour is so much more than a documentary. It is a story of the amazing work of this organization. It is about the incredible partnership between the Marine Mammal Program and the Coastal Guardians. It is about the energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers. And most importantly, it is a story about the people who volunteer, the people who work at the Coastal Guardians, and the people who have an incredible passion for conservation and nature. I saw this documentary, as a guest at an underwater exhibition with the Marine Mammal Program. It was also during the tour when I was introduced to the staff of the Coastal Guardians and saw this amazing group of volunteers, and how they care for the environment and people. I also saw how hard they work, they have the passion and energy for conservation and nature. This film is a work of art. I think it will be a work of art for all of us.

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Dylan Peters

James Dickey in the early 1960's is a TV producer who decided to take on the subject of a doomed whale he saw with his own eyes. It was a surprise. Dickey saw the whales from a distance and apparently only a few of the survivors have ever seen their boat, a trawler. The film includes interviews with witnesses, those who claim to have seen the ship in question and those who knew about the whaling fleet's presence. It's a fascinating and at times uncomfortable experience to watch the testimonies of people who have to work hard to be heard. The interviews are so well done you forget you're watching a documentary, you just feel like you're watching a bunch of people recounting their story. The whole point of the film is to show what happened, not just what did happen. The film is beautifully shot and the interviews are moving. The narration is very informative. It makes sense that the film was made after the events it documents. In a way, the movie is like a documentary, but it shows that the documentary did happen. It doesn't tell us what actually happened, but it gives us a glimpse of the people who witnessed what happened. Overall, this is a great documentary. There's no Hollywood flair, but it's well-made. The interviewees talk about what they remember about what they saw, and what they heard on the radio about what they saw. I was surprised to see the interviews of those who saw the ship from the air and those who claimed they saw it from a distance. I wish there were more of them. If you want a good film to watch, watch this.

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Katherine Hansen

Director Michael Connelly gives us a fascinating look at life on the Canadian remote outpost of HMCS St. Francis. The crew was aboard for four years and experienced daily living conditions. The footage was shot in the winter and in the summer. The documentary has no narration. We get the intimate and personal details of the people and their work. From the boys at school to the supervisor of the radio transmitter. The documentary follows the crew through their hard times and joys. They are the "true story" that is most relevant today. The director gets close-ups and personal stories of the crew and it is both thrilling and intimate. The crew members themselves are fascinating. These men came out of the frozen north and found life on the northern reaches of the Canadian mainland. They did not come out of a war but from the cold. The director got the crew in to a warm, loving environment. The crew are relatable. They are ordinary people. They showed the life of a normal, normal working family that was hungry and angry and wants to make the best of their situation. They were some of the best people that I have ever known.

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Ronald Vargas

I was very surprised at the positive review for this film that I read. I thought the film was very well made, and I think the production team should be congratulated for not trying to mimic another movie. Yes, the film has a few cringe moments but that's because they're all in the first 2/3rd of the film. So I think you should give this a try if you like documentaries. If you are a big fan of the film, I hope you go out and buy it as soon as possible. It's really worth it! I will definitely be purchasing this on DVD.

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Eugene J.

David Temple, a former NOAA employee turned documentary filmmaker, has crafted a well-paced and well-researched documentary that traces the scientific history of the NOAA. The public has a need to know how and why the NOAA was established. Despite the secrecy surrounding the creation of the NOAA, a good deal of information about the agency can be learned from this documentary. There is a lot of information that has been withheld from the public, but one thing that most people do not realize is that NOAA did not exist until the mid-1970s. NOAA was originally set up in 1975 to help man-made climate change by warning the public about global warming, but what actually took place at that time was the introduction of NOAA as a reporting body for the U.S. Government, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and several other agencies. The change from a reporting body to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also involved the purchase of an additional weather station and related equipment, including radar equipment, that NOAA was eventually purchased by the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS began operating the NOAA station in 1978. NOAA has many many partners, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). NOAA started the process of establishing an Office of Ocean and Atmospheric Research (OAR), which was eventually incorporated into NOAA in 1981. NOAA has a tremendous amount of scientific expertise and scientific staff members. NOAA scientists have the expertise to tell the public what NOAA is doing and what NOAA is doing to the environment, both human and natural. NOAA does have problems with budget cuts and personnel reductions. NOAA still has a great deal of money in its budget, and NOAA has a great deal of staff who are knowledgeable about all the weather services and the NOAA scientists. NOAA's science and weather services are among the most detailed, accurate and reliable in the world. NOAA does not have a reputation as a leader in climate science. NOAA, NOAA, NOAA! This is one of the best documentaries about NOAA ever made. It is also one of the best documentaries about NOAA that is based on fact. I highly recommend this documentary to everyone who enjoys the natural sciences. In my opinion, this is the BEST documentary about NOAA ever made.

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Shirley B.

I'm a 17-year old high school student who I'm very close to and I just finished watching this film on my own. I was extremely disappointed in the negative reviews that I read and the people that didn't even like the film. I think that a lot of people have forgotten that there are people that are suffering and they need help and they need to know that they are not alone. I really love the film because it made me think about my life and my relationships and why I feel the way that I do. I have a few friends that are suffering and it makes me realize that it's not just your friends that are the cause. I think that everybody should watch this film and think about what they are doing and what their friends are doing, because that's the first step towards recovery.

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Stephanie Walters

Movies like this are never meant to be a replacement for real life. The questions it raises are the questions we should be asking ourselves. Here, the film opens with a visual metaphor of the ocean - the power of the ocean itself - and our own deep need to escape that power. Then we are plunged into a hauntingly beautiful story about one woman's search for a path to true happiness. It is one of those movies that you can take home, or watch on the big screen, and not only get a sense of wonder, but a sense of both the human spirit and the beauty of the natural world. What a way to introduce the film and really let it sink in. The most important part of this film is the great acting. Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Julia Ormond all do incredible work, and you are really not in any doubt that the film was shot on a very low budget. And yet the performances carry this film to a very, very very high level. I can only hope that a sequel is in the works, and that this film can go to the big screen once more and truly help us to explore all the wonder and wonderment that the world has to offer. I highly recommend it, and recommend it to you.

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Sarah W.

If you were to visit two places in the world today and you saw one, the other would not be the first place you would go to. This is an inspiring, personal story of one man's passion to discover the truth about the possibility of life in space, and to make it happen. His story is told from the perspective of a young engineer, attempting to make a space shuttle. It is made up of interviews with the people involved, in the fields of space and aerospace engineering, as well as with the two astronauts who flew the first space shuttle mission. This documentary is well produced, informative, and inspiring. Although the narrative style is deliberately abrupt, this is a story of passion and dedication, a little more than the sum of its parts, but not so much that it can be lessened by the editing style. Most importantly, I found the film to be gripping and emotionally involving, and the portrayal of the two astronauts who flew the first space shuttle mission is one of the best scenes I have ever seen in any documentary. I would highly recommend this film, even if you are not interested in space exploration.

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Brian

It is very rare when a documentary is so moving and entertaining that one forgets about the film-making. What's missing in "Mommie Dearest", or "The Bonfire of the Vanities", is the director's ability to present the story in a coherent manner. "Mommie Dearest" is an excellent film. It was the first documentary I had ever seen that made me want to read the book, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the infamous Miss Dearest. The film is a study of the fact that America's laws allowed this family to suffer. It is extremely well made. The camera work is beautiful and stylish. The acting is great. A perfect film.

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Teresa S.

I was a bit skeptical about this documentary. I thought I'd just seen a documentary on the fabled Myrmecophagus (which is real) or on the myth of the whale that swallowed up the Eiffel Tower (which is not real) or on the myth of the sea monster (which is real). I'd never heard of the Kraken, which is a mythical creature with a monster hide and actually is real. And I'm not a very big fan of the myths surrounding the sea monster. But I gave it a chance and I've found myself really wanting to find out more about this thing that has turned the world upside down. I saw "Coraline" and found it to be a pretty compelling, intelligent and captivating story. This film is a lot different. And I think it's very interesting. It's certainly not one of the most exciting, dramatic, or even exciting movies you'll see, but it's definitely worth watching. And if you're going to see this movie, you should probably also see it for the story, because it's not just about a mythical creature but it's about a very human character that will go on to shape the world's economy for many years to come. The main characters are the father and son and the son's family members. And it shows their lives. I think they are all really interesting people and I really feel that I could relate to them. They are all really ordinary people. Not bright, not super-smart, but they have an ordinary life. And they all have to take care of their families and they have to be strong and independent. That's how they're all really. People in their 20s. They don't have many opportunities and they just want to live their life. I know I'm just telling a story that's not really my own, but I really think that the story is really amazing. It's really intriguing, it's really compelling. And I really feel that it could really impact you if you haven't seen it and you'd like to see it. I thought it was really well done. I thought the documentary was great, but the movie is much better. I think it's a really good movie, and it's not really as exciting as a documentary. It's like you have to think about it, but if you haven't seen it, you might be disappointed. But if you've seen it, I think you'd really enjoy it. So, if you've seen the documentary, I think you'd like this movie. But if you haven't seen the documentary, I think you'd really enjoy it. And if you've seen the movie, you would really enjoy it. And if you haven't seen the movie, you'd like it. And that's just my opinion.

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Justin W.

I saw this film at Sundance in 2012 and was blown away. I was particularly taken by the heart-wrenching, sincere dialogue. It's about a young woman's life after the Fukushima disaster. She is literally alone and, at the end of the day, she can't do much about it. She just can't. What's so admirable is how the actors did a masterful job of conveying their characters' pain. The dialogue is raw, real, and very honest. It's a must-see for anyone who loves cinema. It's also very important to note the genius that the film makers managed to imbue the movie with. This was one of the most challenging and unique film-making experiences I've ever had. If you get a chance to see it, do it.

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Dylan

I recently bought a DVD copy of this movie, and I'm really happy I did. The narration is really beautiful and captures the pain and tension in the situation portrayed. I love the way that the camera pans back and forth and keeps your attention. It's also really easy to follow and has a great feel to it. It's very well made and the acting is good. The narration is all they needed. I love how they depicted the entire story. The story is very important, but you can't always follow it because it changes. If you do, you lose your focus. I've read several people complain about the length of this movie, and I agree. But I think they're missing the point. The whole point is that you can't control everything that happens. The person that controls everything will control everything that they want. You control what you want, and how you want it, and you can control who you are, and how you are. You can control how you present yourself to others, and that's why we need it. And you can't control everything that happens to you. And that's what makes it so important. We all have to deal with stress and loss in life, but for some reason, that stress or loss doesn't seem to be able to be controlled. Maybe that's what people are looking for. They're looking for a hero. They want a movie where the hero is happy and everyone is happy. The movie is based on a true story, but it's not a movie about those things. It's a movie about people that were affected by this situation. And it's a movie that is good at showing how we try to cope with a situation when we feel that something is wrong. And I think that's a really good way to show that stress is always there. The movie doesn't try to make you feel good, but it shows how we can deal with stress, and how we can use the stress to change things around us. And when we do, it can be so much better. For example, I have a friend, who is in a really bad situation, and he has no way out. He can't get through the day. We have a lot of conversations, and he talks about how he wants to get through this day, but how he can't. And that's really easy for me to deal with. If he had a really good plan, he could get through it. I could change the TV or change the way he was going to be at work. But I can't. I've got to be there for him. And that's what this movie is about. It shows that we can all do it, and it shows that we have to do it. We have to let go of stress and let things move in our lives in a way that we want. We

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Ruth W.

When you think about films that really keep you on your toes, this is definitely one of them. For a film that takes place mostly in the Arctic of the Canadian north, it's pretty astounding. Not only is this film atmospheric, but it's also so beautiful to watch. The film isn't just a visual feast for the eyes, but it's also moving and extremely captivating. It's truly a story about the cold, the harshness of the climate and the arctic explorers who were there before us. The film is really a journey into the memories of these men, how they made this world their own, how they felt, and what they believed about their place in it. The film is great for anyone, and anyone who loves the Arctic will certainly find something to enjoy. This film shows what these men were really like and it's a great story. For anyone who's read the book, there's some very nice additions and there's a lot of information that was cut out from the book. The only real problems are that the film is a little too long and there's a lot of information that didn't make it in. I think it would've been a much better film if they'd cut out all the crap and just released a little more footage. But it's still an amazing film and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone. The acting is amazing and this film is one of the best documentaries I've seen in a long time.

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Christian W.

If you watch the documentary, you won't miss anything about the real issues with this movie. The documentary has an interesting and sobering effect on you as a viewer. This is a good example of how movies are no longer the only thing you watch in life. It makes you realize that there is much more you can do and enjoy in your life. If you watch the documentary, you'll get so much more than what the movie offers. And you'll also get an insight on how the movie was made.