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The Big Blue (1988)


Two men answer the call of the ocean in this romantic fantasy-adventure. Jacques and Enzo are a pair of friends who have been close since childhood, and who share a passion for the dangerous sport of free diving. Professional diver Jacques opted to follow in the footsteps of his father, who died at sea when Jacques was a boy; to the bewilderment of scientists, Jacques harbors a remarkable ability to adjust his heart rate and breathing pattern in the water, so that his vital signs more closely resemble that of dolphins than men (he even considers a school of dolphins as his extended family). As Enzo persuades a reluctant Jacques to compete against him in a free diving contest -- determining who can dive deeper and longer without scuba gear -- Jacques meets Johana, a beautiful insurance investigator from America, and he finds that he must choose between his love for her and his love of the sea.

The Big Blue (1988)

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Released Year: 1988
Runtime: 168 minutes
Directors: Luc Besson

Storyline


Two men answer the call of the ocean in this romantic fantasy-adventure. Jacques and Enzo are a pair of friends who have been close since childhood, and who share a passion for the dangerous sport of free diving. Professional diver Jacques opted to follow in the footsteps of his father, who died at sea when Jacques was a boy; to the bewilderment of scientists, Jacques harbors a remarkable ability to adjust his heart rate and breathing pattern in the water, so that his vital signs more closely resemble that of dolphins than men (he even considers a school of dolphins as his extended family). As Enzo persuades a reluctant Jacques to compete against him in a free diving contest -- determining who can dive deeper and longer without scuba gear -- Jacques meets Johana, a beautiful insurance investigator from America, and he finds that he must choose between his love for her and his love of the sea.

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Reviews


60
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
Besson's restored Big Blue proves mystical, intriguing.
50
Portland Oregonian - Kim Morgan
A flawed fable but an intriguing one nonetheless. It's "Splash" gone existential. How many films can you name like that?
50
TV Guide Magazine - Frank Lovece
Deeply adolescent; its impact is visceral rather than intellectual.
50
Village Voice - Mark Holcomb
The results are predictably lachrymose, especially with the reinstated "unhappy" ending from the original French version.
10
L.A. Weekly - Unnamed
Let's call this "rethinking" The Abysmal.

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