Friday, December 02, 2005

March of the Penguins

March of the Penguins is an extraordinary film about the annual migration of emperor penguins in Antarctica. It is a moving story about a species and a journey that is filled with so much anthropomorphic emotion that one cannot help but look on in utter fascination.

Every year penguins by the thousands walk 70 miles single file for the sole purpose of bringing to life a new generation. Director Luc Jacquet filmed for 14 months in the bitter Antarctic to bring us so close to these creatures that we recognize their joy, playfulness, devotion, love and mourning. It is also a primer on team parenting and the sacrifices they are willing to make.

March of the Penguins debuted at Sundance last January with three French narrators and English subtitles. Morgan Freeman narrates solo in the U.S. release, and provides just enough commentary to keep things lively. But it is the penguins who are the stars of the show, hiking resolutely, nurturing the eggs and enduring extreme hunger and fatigue to protect and feed the eggs and the young hatchlings.

This movie was G-rated, but does include some very amorously filmed penguin sex. (OK, I know that sounds funny.) But in any event, make it a point to watch March of the Penguins with the family.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found the movie and the life of the Emperor Penguin astonishing, but I wished the movie would have had a little more commentary and footage of penguins having fun ... swimming in the ocean, eating fish, or somehow enjoying life. As it is, the movie left me scratching my head and wondering why the Emperor bothers to perpetuate its own species.

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