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On Top of the Whale

A Feature film by Raoul Ruiz

Produced by Springtime Films

Production year : 1981


    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.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution

    Executive Producer :

    Springtime Films

    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 :

    The Netherlands, France

    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    Minority French (The Netherlands, France)

    Production year :


    French release :

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Approval :

    Color type :

    Color and Black & White