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Becoming Cousteau

(Rated M)

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“I wanted to show what was in the sea”

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Overview

Direct from the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival comes this compelling inside look at French underwater icon Jacques-Yves Cousteau, from Oscar-nominated documentarian Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone). An adventurer, filmmaker, inventor, author, conservationist and unlikely celebrity, Cousteau and his signature red cap became synonymous with a love of the ocean throughout his extraordinary career. A champion of environmentalism, Cousteau sounded early warning signs about global warming and our planet’s vulnerability that still require urgent attention today. Comprised entirely of newly restored archival footage, Becoming Cousteau paints an illuminating portrait of his fascinating professional and personal life.

Official Selection
— Toronto International Film Festival 2021, Telluride Film Festival 2021
“A delight of sensual images. You can almost feel the salt drying on everyone’s skin”
— The Playlist
“Consistently engrossing as well as informative. An immersive, intimate biographical portrait”
— The Hollywood Reporter
“A dazzling dive into the depths of an undersea world”
— IndieWire

Why You Should See This Film

Cousteau had an immense cultural impact that stretched beyond serving as the inspiration for Wes Anderson’s iconic 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (also screening in November). It’s fascinating to see his rise to superstardom documented here, and the underwater footage on display is nothing short of mesmerising.

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  • Year: 2021
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Liz Garbus
  • Duration: 93 minutes
  • Language: English and French with English subtitles
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