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6 September 1996 (Switzerland) See more »
It's Jurassic Park in your own back yard. See more »
A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jacques Perrin ... Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Narrator (English version) (voice)

Directed by
Claude Nuridsany 
Marie Pérennou 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Nuridsany 
Marie Pérennou 

Produced by
Christophe Barratier .... producer
Michel Fauré .... executive producer
Philippe Gautier .... executive producer
Jean-Marc Henchoz .... co-producer
Patrick Lancelot .... executive producer
André Lazare .... executive producer
Yvette Mallet .... producer
Jacques Perrin .... producer
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
Cinematography by
Thierry Machado 
Film Editing by
Florence Ricard 
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
Production Management
Christophe Adda .... unit production manager
Didier André .... assistant production manager
Xavier Grin .... unit production manager
Patricia Lignières .... post-production supervisor
Olivier Rechou .... unit production manager (as Olivier Réchou)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renaud Dengreville .... assistant director
Sound Department
Philippe Barbeau .... sound
Bernard Leroux .... sound
Jérôme Lévy .... foley artist
Pascal Mazière .... foley assistant
Laurent Quaglio .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Liliane Caille .... special effects assistant
Jean-Pierre Maricourt .... special effects
Christian Guillon .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Francois Baudelet .... camera operator: aerial photography, remote control helicopter (as Jean-François Beaudelet)
Alexandre Bon .... second assistant camera
Claude Bouteillon .... developer: computerized remote control camera robot, Delta Images
Martin Boutilié .... grip (as Martin Boutilie)
Frédéric Costa .... technician: robotic camera operations
George Costa .... technician: robotic camera operations
Alain Devèz .... high speed camera operator
Michel Gallois .... first assistant camera
François Gentit .... Steadicam assistant (as François Gentil)
Thierry Machado .... camera operator: aerial photography
Valentin Monge .... Steadicam operator
Alexandre Monnier .... first assistant camera
Claude Nuridsany .... cinematographer: interior scenes
Roland Ory .... helicopter pilot: aerial photography
Romano Prada .... developer: computerized remote control camera robot, Delta Images
Marie Pérennou .... cinematographer: interior scenes
Charlet Recors .... camera operator: aerial photography
Bernard Ricon .... developer: computerized remote control camera robot, Alten Industries
Philippe Romano .... developer: computerized remote control camera robot, Alten Industries
Hugues Ryffel .... cinematographer: exterior scenes
Jean Claude Rémy .... pilot: aerial photography, remote control helicopter
Eric Tesseydre .... still photographer
Gilles Tordjman .... still photographer
Louis Vercraene .... key grip (as Louis Varcraene)
Bernard Weber .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Pauline Casalis .... apprentice editor (as Pauline Cassalis)
David Hamme .... assistant colorist
Raymond Terrentin .... color timer
Nabila Daniault .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Hugo Coulais .... singer: children's voices
Louis Coulais .... singer: children's voices
Françoise Gnéri .... alto
Christophe Guiot .... conductor: orchestra
Marie Kobayashi .... musician: mezzo-soprano
Paul Lavergne .... soundtrack music producer
Didier Lizé .... music engineer
France Tarpinian .... music representative: Grand Large Music
Other crew
Monsieur Ansonnaud .... consultant: insects
Gérard Arnold .... consultant: insects
Monsieur Durand .... consultant: insects
Luc Gomel .... consultant: insects
Nathalie Gorgon .... assistant to publicist
Michel Gries .... consultant: insects
Robert Guilbot .... consultant: insects
Hervé Guyot .... consultant: insects
Gudrun Koeniger .... consultant: insects (as Professor Gundrun Koeniger)
Jean Pierre Lumaret .... consultant: insects, Université Montpellier (as Professor Lumaret)
Paulette Materne .... production coordinator
Claude Missandeau .... consultant: insects
Claude Morice .... production coordinator
Michel Neff .... consultant: insects
Professor Oppenoorth .... consultant: insects, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Jacques Perrin .... presenter
Catherine Pidoux .... production coordinator
M. Rodin .... consultant: insects, Institut Pasteur (as Professor Rodin)
Leon Rogez .... consultant: insects, Cetonia (as Léon Rogez)
Eva Simonet .... publicist
Jean-Pierre Vesco .... consultant: insects
Dominique Ambiel .... special thanks
Joseph Bourdon .... special thanks
Claude Caussanel .... the producers wish to thank: scientific sponsorship
Marc Censi .... special thanks
Michel Flaesch .... special thanks
Pascal Imbert .... special thanks
Henri Landes .... special thanks
Jean Puech .... special thanks
Hubert Reeves .... the producers wish to thank: scientific sponsorship
Francois Servel .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe" - France (original title)
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80 min | Japan:73 min | USA:75 min (Miramax version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:0 | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:All | Spain:T | UK:U | USA:G

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Filmed over a period of three years.See more »
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Referenced in Les clefs de bagnole (2003)See more »


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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
My jaw was literally dropped through some of this film., 10 December 2001
Author: Erik (snikrepkire) from Maine, USA

Amazing. There must have been millions of hours of footage shot to obtain these perfect sequences of magnified nature. Each segment was fascinating, beautiful, in some cases strangely emotional.

My jaw was literally dropped through much of this film. I even found myself wowing like a hippy and chuckling like Butthead many times. There were even some moments that I almost said, "No, that's not realistic. They made that up."

The soundtrack was almost non-existent, so you appreciated it more when the haunting music worked its way into a scene. The sound quality of the actual critters was very good as well. There is nearly no narrative or narration throughout the film -and that would be my only criticism -there should have been NONE. The movie was spectacular with no commentary, and the human voice for a brief moment in the beginning and end detracted from the alien environment.

This movie was not a documentary, it was just fine filmmaking that would only fall into the genre of "mind-f---".

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