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On Top of the Whale

A Feature film by Raoul Ruiz

Produced by Springtime Films

Production year : 1981

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Actors (4)

Production and distribution

Executive Producer :

Springtime Films


A parody of anthropology, linguistics, and cultural imperialism. The film follows an unlikely team of linguists into the wilds of an ersatz Patagonia to study the last speakers of a dying language. That language apparently consists of a single word, which therefore means everything.

Full credits (6)

Assistant Director :

François Ede

Screenwriter :

Raoul Ruiz

Editor :

Valeria Sarmiento

Producer :

Kees Kasander

Director of Photography :

Henri Alekan

Music Composer :

Jorge Arriagada

Technical details

Feature film

Genres :


Coproducer countries :

Netherlands, France

Original French-language productions :


Nationality :

Minority French (Netherlands, France)

Production year :


French release :

Runtime :

1 h 30 min

Current status :

Approval :

Color type :

Color and Black & White