Dolphin Man tells the extraordinary story and legacy of free-diver Jacques Mayol, whose life became the inspiration for Luc Besson’s cult-movie The Big Blue.
The film draws us into Mayol’s world, capturing his compelling journey from Japan to Europe, India and the Bahamas, while immersing viewers into the sensory and transformative experience of free-diving. Mayol was the first diver to reach 100 metres below the sea and revolutionized free-diving by introducing yoga and Zen techniques. He traveled across the world, promoting an urgent vision of our need to reconnect with nature.
Narrated by Jean-Marc Barr, the actor who famously portrayed Mayol in The Big Blue, the film weaves together stunning contemporary underwater photography of the world’s leading free-divers with intimate testimonies of Mayol’s closest friends and family and rare film archive.
This is a fascinating exploration of a most intriguing life and fans of The Big Blue will find the fleshing out of Mayol's character in Dolphin Man to be compulsive viewing.— Rachael Mead · Square Eyes
Dolphin Man not only looks great for a documentary, but it deftly handles the life of a complex, game changing figurehead with grace and dexterity.— Andrew Parker · The Gate