Tuvalu (2002)

Tuvalu is the name of an island which Anton dreams of escaping to -- a dream which seems unlikely to come true, given that he works as the maintenance man at the dilapidated and largely deserted pool owned by his father. Located in the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though a challenging watch, Tuvalu is visually striking and intriguingly quirky.

Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune

A fascinating work that never quite coalesces, Tuvalu finally becomes oppressively repetitive.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A disappointment, a precious and grotesque exercise reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen, only less amusing.

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Scott Weinberg

Tuvalu is like watching a Dali painting brought to life...and who wouldn't want to see that?

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

Tuvalu is astounding. It is also bizarre, challenging, and, at times, admirably overreaching.

Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News

Still in the mood for something offbeat and phantasmagoric? Check out this charming German import by Veit Helmer.

Phil Hall
Film Threat

Intriguing but ultimately irritating misfire.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

This one-of-a kind charmer casts an immediate and delightful spell.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The kind of movie that might one day find itself in the hall of fame of surreal movie weirdness alongside cult favorites like Eraserhead, Delicatessen and the avant-garde frolics of Guy Maddin.

Merle Bertrand
Film Threat

Ultimately a rewarding -- if weird -- experience. It's just too bad that it takes so long to get there.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Can a picturesque but dilapidated Turkish bathhouse pass a government inspection, and can love between a poolboy and a female patron flourish after the… More
Marion Ravenwood
At first you really don't know what going on. But the uniqueness of the film is where it stands out.