on 22 August 2009
This is a classic beauty of a film. A little tearful for those who are sensitive about animal films. I first saw this as a child and being a very sensitive child regarding animal films and documentary, was very moved by it. I have since watched it twice on DVD and it still remains a moving and wonderful adventure. It is such a nostalgic trip back to a London of the the 70's - a time when I grew up. The film stars the fantastic John Hurt who shines as ever. A lovely film which should be better known - it is up there with The Railway Children, The Amazing Mr Blunden, Swallows and Amazons, Black Beauty etc - Classics of the 70's, when films were quality with great actors and great music scores. Unfortunately they do not make films much like these anymore - it seems that gentleness and sentimentality are not cool these days! A great film with a great message. Enjoy!
on 5 October 2011
Young John Hurt is the lazy, playboy undergraduate who is set to fail his biology Bsc unless he can somehow pull a blinder of a thesis out of the bag at the eleventh hour. With this goal in mind his tutor arranges for him to study penguins in Antarctica which he reluctantly agrees to do. At first he hates being deprived of his comfy life and bright lights, but gradually he develops a profound respect for his bleak surroundings and the creatures who live there. Films about struggle and ultimate redemption are usually good to watch, and although there are few surprises here, this remains a captivating story of a young man's spiritual awakening from shallow indifference to movingly sincere commitment. Although perhaps a trifle kitsch in places by today's standards, this inexplicably overlooked film is well worth watching.