The Whale

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Tue Sep 20 2011

Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, this Canadian doc looks at the life of Luna, an orca separated from his pod who takes up with the human residents of Nootka Sound, off the Vancouver Island coast. Having a killer whale nudging up to boats like a giant puppy delights some locals and proves problematic to others; soon, the local government, animal lovers and First Nations groups are contesting how best to deal with their oceanic buddy. While The Whale indulges in hippyish sentiments about the connection between man and beast a little too often, the footage of Luna at play is singular and breathtaking.

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