Whale Nation

Whale Nation

France | 2023 | 82 min. | Jean-Albert Lievre

They’re Earth’s biggest creatures, yet still we know very little about them. Jean-Albert Lievre’s astounding documentary, based on the revolutionary book by Heathcote Williams, explores the rich and complex societies of whales and what we must do to protect them.

Telling the story of a beached humpback whale from both the perspective of a young girl and the whale itself, Whale Nation takes viewers on a journey to explore the majesty and intelligence of the world's largest mammals, delving into their complex social lives, deep intelligence, and vital role in maintaining the health of the oceans. The film features rich underwater footage of whales swimming in their natural habitats, as well as interviews with experts in marine biology, ecology, and conservation. Inspired by the poetry of Heathcote Williams' book "Whale Nation," the film was shot over the course of several years and covers a range of topics, including the impact of human activity on whale populations and the ongoing efforts to protect these magnificent creatures. Whale Nation is a powerful call to action, urging audiences to take steps to protect the oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Jonathan Kreisky

  • Original Language Title: Les Gardiennes de la Planète
  • Director: Jean-Albert Lievre
  • Principal Cast: Narrated by Jean Dujardin
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 82 min.
  • Producer: Marc Dujardin, Julien Seul
  • Screenplay: Jean-Albert Lièvre
  • Cinematographers: Nedjma Berder
  • Editors: Cécile Husson
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Flore (2014), Le syndrome du Titanic (2009)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • International Sales: Wild Bunch