Robin Petré’s film From the Wild Sea is a poetic essay direct from the frontlines of the Anthropocene in which the animals – mute as they are – speak for themselves. With sparse dialogue – captured from participants in marine animal rescue charities in Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands, or radio weather warnings of violent Atlantic storms heard in the background – and no narrative voiceover, From the Wild Sea builds its painful story on the foundations of a simple on-screen statement from the European Environment Agency that opens the film: Marine life is under pressure across Europe’s seas. The seas are perceived as the last wilderness. In reality, even remote marine areas are impacted by human activities. Contaminants and marine litter are among the key pressures. Sea level rise and the increased frequency of events add to the coastal squeeze.
Nick Holdsworth, Modern Times Review
Petré devotes her entire film to the animal perspective, going beyond humanity, drawing her documentary in a transhumanistic spirit. — [T]he artist is able to reflect the tragedy of animals, their smallness and powerlessness in the face of an ecological catastrophe, but also strangeness and incompatibility with humans – including those who try to save animals. From The Wild Sea shows how far these two worlds – civilisation and nature – are distanced from each other, as if the only places where they meet are the operating table or the dissecting room.
Mateusz Tarwacki, Eye For Film