8.3/10 (IMDB)

The Whale

1h 56m Drama
The Whale
The Whale


From Darren Aronofsky comes THE WHALE, the story of a reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption. Starring Brendan Fraser and based on the acclaimed play by Samuel D. Hunter.


Darren Aronofsky


Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau









Main Trailer


  • "Fraser’s casting is so moving in part because we can still recognize this beloved figure under the blubber, but it’s also because Fraser’s own performance doesn’t court pity. His Charlie is complex, flawed, funny and otherwise fully and radiantly human: a rounded character in more ways than one."
    - The Telegraph
  • "What it boasts in abundance — in this riveting study of a deeply broken man, suffocated by nine years of self-immolation — is a rare and deep compassion, elevated by Fraser’s starring turn."
    - The Playlist
  • "The intense chamber drama never disguises its stage roots but transcends them with the grace and compassion of the writing and the layers of pain and despair, love and dogged hope peeled back in the central performance. Fraser makes us see beyond the alarming appearance to the deeply affecting heart of this broken man."
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "This turns out to be a film with a very big heart."
    - The Independent
  • "For all his shame, and the shuttered windows and disconnected webcams that block out the world outside, there’s a magnetism to Charlie and his big, overburdened heart which draws others – and us, as an audience – to him."
    - Screen Daily
  • "For Fraser, The Whale is a confident leap forward into the movie-star status that he rightfully deserves."
    - IndieWire


  • Venice Int’l Film Festival
  • Academy Awards
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Montclair Film Festival
  • Denver Int’l Film Festival
  • Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival
  • Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival
  • St. Louis Film Critics Association
  • Women Film Critics Circle Awards
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • AARP Movies for Grownups Awards
  • and more...


  • Hampton Int’l Film Festival
  • Toronto Int’l Film Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Heartland Film Festival
  • And many others…