The White Planet
Official film description...
Filmmakers Thierry Piantanida, Thierry Ragobert, and Jean Lemire explore the complex ecosystem of the Arctic in a fascinating documentary that proves the vast frozen north is much, much more than just ice and snow. The film show us the lives of polar bears, Arctic foxes, and caribou herds that move across the blinding white surface of the land and the massive Beluga whales that navigate the icy waters below.
Piantanida, Ragobert, and Lemire's film seeks not to examine one particular life form, but rather to develop our understanding of how life thrives in an uninviting terrain by documenting all four seasons in the Artic. A breathtaking look at the aurora borealis boasts nature's beauty that few who live outside of this region may have experienced, and a thoughtful meditation on the ebb and flow of life there reveals a remarkable array of life-forms that could well rival the Galápagos in terms of ecological diversity.
“Breathtaking wildlife documentary heavily disfigured by a banal, anthropomorphising commentary” – The New Zealand Herald
“Miraculously fluid, always classy camerawork accompanies the flow of seasons. Although the narrator’s first-person voice adds to the experience, nothing is overtly instructional or over-explained. The mystery remains intact. If anything, Bruno Coulais’ choral score is often too emphatic; there’s quite enough majesty already in the imagery.” – Variety
Technical information and screening rights...
Original title: La Planète blanche
Directors: Jean Lemire, Thierry Piantanida and Thierry Ragobert
Country: Canada, France
Run Time 86 minutes
Language (Audio): English
Language (Subtitles): French
Age rating: recommended for age 6 or older