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The Last Continent

2007 ,    »  -   3 Comments
Ratings: 8.67/10 from 3 users.

The Last ContinentFor 430 days, a crew of scientists, sailors and filmmakers live on a schooner in the Antarctic to study the impact of global warming in this gloriously cinematic adventure, full of awe, joy and life-threatening danger.

Gale-force winds threaten to dash the crew on the rocks in one of the most nail-biting scenes ever seen in a non-fiction film. Abnormally warm temperatures prevent the formation of the deep pack ice needed to stabilize the schooner and provide a birthing ground for seals.

When desperately needed winter arrives at last, the camera goes overland to scenes of unbearable beauty and beneath the ice to a magical undersea world of never-before-photographed species.

A marine biologist by training, Jean Lemire's acclaimed 2006 feature The White Planet focused on the Arctic. The massive devastation from climate change he shows at this, the other polar extreme, is a powerful reminder of the fragility of our world.

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3 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Tubz

    One can only wish to partake in such an expedition....

  2. MarkJewell
  3. MarkJewell

    This film is really a copy of the adventure by the four French guys in their boat 'Kim'. The film is called 'Kim en Antarctique (Les aventuriers du dernier continent)' It suprised me that they never mentioned it, not once, in the film. I live on the second version of 'Kim' ever built, so I was told (a 12m steel ketch), and have often thought about doing that trip. And who know's it may happen yet.

  4. Patrick Murphy
  5. Patrick Murphy

    What a gig! 400 and some odd days hanging out with a bunch of buds in the Antarctic on a captainless ship with loads of food and a few seals for concern and rehab. What a gig! What else did they do? Take the temperature every day? Nice photography.

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