This is the movie of my life !
I never before saw a film that i could identify myself so much with. I´m lucky enough to live in a place near the sea very similar and as beautiful as those in the movie and the opening scenes always remind me of my teenage years and the waters i explored like young Jaqques Mayol does in the beginning of the movie. Things that i still do. So i immediatley related to the character and its love for the ocean.
I guess that´s the beauty of this movie. It makes us feel that we could be any of its characters, because they´re so real. We almost can´t believe that they don´t exist outside of the movie. This is an amazing ,beautifuly well written ,acted, photographed and directed movie ! It carries us into an extraordinary world, and it´s our world !! (mine at least to some point) Not some hollywood depiction of reality !
But what it´s about it ? This is the worst thing anyone can ask about this movie.
I would hate to be the guy who had to publicize this in USA. And i can see why it failed there.
But what can i say about it?… That it´s the story of two friends who compete to find out who´s best ?…It´s more than that ! That it´s a love story ? It goes beyond every love story ! That it´s an adventure ? You bet it is ! But it has no action, no chases,no dangerous cliffangers, no guns and no explosions. It doesn´t even has bad guys ! Or good guys in fact. That it´s a travel or a road movie ? Probably. This movie has better locations than any James Bond movie will ever get and they´re all real !
But they don´t matter much compared to the characters in the film. The characters then… There´s a hero right ?… Well there´s two of them. Two men. But they´re not heroes.
Probably the hero is a woman who sacrifices her happiness for love. So, there´s a woman and two men. There´s got to be a love triangle there to cause all those love story rivalary subplots, right ? Well, there´s a love triangle, but there aren´t subplots attached to it. In fact the love triangle has more than three people. All characters are a part of it realy. Including dolphins ! Even the ocean.
Aha ! So this is some sort of a kinky erotic and exotic movie thing ? Wrong ! There´s sex in it, but not in that way at all.
It´s a comedy then… You´ll laugh, but you´ll cry too. It´s a drama … Not in the conventional cliché way. Not at all. A dramatic comedy… Nope !
It´s a sci-fi film !… Well there´s scientists in it, and deep underwater, and even under ice diving scenes, but it´s not a scifi film, although the American “version” Movie Trailler presented it like if it were some new esotheric adventure underwater sci-fi horror movie, when in fact it is not.
So what is this movie about ?!!
It´s about what you want it to be. About what you´re feeling. It´s that open. You just have to feel it.
As Luc Besson said in an interview, at some point in the movie he was stuck, because he didn´t know how to carry the audience inside.
Then the real Jaqques Mayol, who worked in the film as a diving and story consultant took Besson diving with him one day and made him experience the sea in his way. Then Besson understood that he didn´t had to explain anything to the audience. He just had to make people feel what it was like !
And boy, did he make it ! The atmosphere in this movie goes beyond words. It has to be felt ! Also the soundtrack is out of this world and trully magical.
To me this film is about love, but in a much deeper meaning than the usual. Beyond race, beyond gender, beyond sex, beyond nationality. Love as an emotion. And about freedom !
So get a wide screen TV and a full blast surround. This movie is the reason to buy one if you don´t have it! Believe me ! And watch it in the dark.
Try to get the european full version of the movie. The american is not that terrible, the feeling is there, but it´s diferent from the original.
This movie is a masterpiece ! ( in any version )