The Whale

Director: Michael Parfit, Suzanne Chisholm Year: 2010 Run Time: 85min
The Whale (La baleine) (2010)

This touching documentary, narrated by Ryan Reynolds, tells the story of a young killer whale, Luna, who gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. As rambunctious and surprising as a visitor from another planet, Luna endears himself to the community with his determination to make contact, leading to many unexpected consequences.

The Whale charts the community’s struggle to deal with Luna, since whales who are separated from their pods rarely survive in the wild. Raising more questions than it can answer, the film is a truly compelling exploration of our relationship with animals.

“The issues surrounding the emotional lives of animals — and the often presumptuous assumption of humans that they comprehend them — are explored in The Whale with a quiet dignity and gorgeous images.” — Andy Webster, New York Times


Michael Parfit, Suzanne Chisholm


Suzanne Chisholm


Ryan Reynolds


Documentary, Family




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The Whale is filmed and set in British Columbia. Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm are from British Columbia.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
G British Columbia
G Manitoba
G New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
G Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
G Prince Edward Island
G Québec
G Saskatchewan
NR Yukon